Igor Levit

Piano

Biography

Winner of Gramophone’s ‘Recording of the Year 2016” award, Igor Levit manifests his position as one of the most relevant pianists of his generation – as an artist “built to last” (The Guardian).

The 2016-17 season marks Igor Levit’s debuts with the Staatskapelle Dresden (Christian Thielemann), the Bavarian State Orchestra (Kirill Petrenko) and London Symphony Orchestra (Fabio Luisi) and reunites him amongst others with the Danish National Symphony Orchestra (Sondergard), NDR Elphilharmonie Orchestra (Thomas Hengelbrock), Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich (Lionel Bringuier) and San Francisco Symphony (Fabio Luisi).

Major recital debuts await at Carnegie Hall (Zankel Hall), Chicago’s Symphony Center, Boston’s Celebrity Series as well as at Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw and with Lisbon’s Gulbenkian Foundation. Also in recital, Igor Levit returns to the Lucerne Festival, Zurich’s Tonhalle, Laeiszhalle Hamburg and Cologne Philharmonie. The season will further see the start of full Beethoven sonata cycles at London’s Wigmore Hall and at the Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels. He will perform the trias of variation works, Bach’sGoldberg Variations, Beethoven’s Diabelli Variations and Rzewski’s The People United Will Never Be Defeated, in his home town Hannover as well as in his adoptive home town at the Berlin Philharmonie. In October 2015, Sony Classical released Igor Levit’s third solo album for the label featuring all three variation works in cooperation with the Festival Heidelberger Frühling. The album has been voted Gramophone’s Instrumental Award winner 2016.

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Reviews

“One of the essential artists of his generation.”

Zachary Woolfe

New York Times, Feb 2017

“World upon world of sound, offered with digital-quality clarity and detail and infused with analog warmth.”

“I may never hear a better performance of the Diabelli Variations, one that carries me further into the depths and potential of this splendidly wrought music.”

“A wealth of meaning without artifice, as spoken by a truly gifted artist.”

Anne Midgette

Washington Post, Feb 2017

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“He is the future. ”

The Los Angeles Times 

“Boldness and brilliance”

The Guardian 

“Levit ist trotz seiner Jugend heute schon einer der bedeutendsten Interpreten unserer Zeit. (…) Man hört Musik ganz neu, wenn ein solcher Pianist am Werk ist, der Interpretationen anzubieten hat, die diesen Namen verdienen, inspiriert, intuitiv an die tiefsten Emotionen rührend.”

Die Presse 

“Igor Levit goes where other pianists fear to tread. (…) His range of colour and dynamics, concentration and freedom, make compulsive listening.”

The Oberserver 

“As the final chords died away, we were all left speechless with amazement and admiration.”

The Telegraph 

“Levit now takes his place amongst a pantheon populated by the likes of Pollini, Arrau and Brendel.”

International Piano 

“[The Diabelli Variations], which he characterises with rambunctious glee, brilliantly incisive and as nimble as a cat on a high wire, while keeping the music’s overall arch in sign. One imagines Beethoven playing it like this – in his dreams anyway.”

The Times 

“The world may be full of brilliant young pianists but Igor Levit stands apart.”

The Daily Telegraph 

“He exhibited fresh ideas about every phrase he played. He has seemingly unlimited technical capacity. (…) He can produce an emotionally penetrating Russian sound when he wants. He can bang as gloriously as any former Soviet player. But he also has the ability to stand back and bring calculating rigor to his interpretations, notably in his Bach and Beethoven. (…) I have never known a young Russian pianist with a promise like Levit’s. He is the future. ”

The Los Angeles Times 

“In the last week of its current season, Wigmore Hall played host to one of the year’s most staggering concerts: a programme of Cornelius Cardew and Frederic Rzewski given by Igor Levit, a 28-year-old Russian-born German who has been called the pianist of the future, the next András Schiff (though he is his own person, and how), the greatest player of his generation. On first live encounter – his CDs of late Beethoven and Bach have already made an impact – not a word of this is hype. He is back to perform in his first Prom in September. You’ll hear more of him. I don’t need a crystal ball to guarantee it.”

The Guardian 

“This pianist has got it all”

The Guardian 

“…one of the most probing, intelligent and accomplished artists of the new generation.”

The New York Times 

“A major new pianist has arrived.”

The New York Times 

“The distinction of this set of the Bach Partitas will establish Igor Levit in the minds of many, I’m sure, as a major artist. ”

Gramophone; Recording of the Month 

“Authentic in the most profound meaning of the word. ”

The Sunday Times 

“He is set to be one of this century’s big names. ”

London Telegraph 

“The most fascinating young pianist on today’s classical music scene.”

Süddeutsche Zeitung 

“Levit is pre-eminently a real musician who seems built to last.”

The Guardian 

“This young man doesn’t just have the potential to become one of this century’s great pianists: he already is one!”

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung