Igor Levit

Lauded for his rare technical sophistication, refinement of tone and keen programmatic explorations, Igor Levit continues to make his mark on the classical music world as “one of the most probing, intelligent and accomplished artists of the new generation” (The New York Times) and as a true artist “authentic in the most profound meaning of the word" (London’s Sunday Times). The Los Angeles Times proclaimed in Spring 2015: “He is the future”.

The 2015-16 season introduces Igor Levit’s work on three of the piano literature’s most paramount cyclic works – Johann Sebastian Bach’s Goldberg Variations, Ludwig van Beethoven’s Diabelli Variations and Frederic Rzewski’s variation cycle The People United Will Never Be Defeated. Igor Levit performs all three variation cycles at Frankfurt’s Alte Oper in September before presenting Goldberg in New York’s Park Avenue Armory in collaboration with Marina Abramovic, Diabelli in London’s Wigmore Hall and Rzewski’s The People in Hamburg and in Birmingham. In October 2015, Sony Classical releases Igor Levit’s third solo album for the label featuring all three variation works in cooperation with the Festival Heidelberger Frühling. The season marks the finale of his Beethoven Sonata cycle at the Schubertiade spanning over three years and will see him perform all Beethoven sonatas at Tonhalle Düsseldorf. Further solo recitals will bring Igor Levit to the Lucerne Festival, the Musikverein Vienna, Bilbao’s Philharmonic Society and to the US in a multi-city recital tour featuring debuts amongst others with Princeton University, San Francisco Performances, Schubert Club, Spivey Hall, University of Michigan and with Vancouver Recital Society in his Canadian debut.

The season marks Igor Levit’s debuts with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra (Kirill Petrenko), National Symphony Orchestra (Jiří Bělohlávek), Tonhalle-Orchester Zurich (Bernhard Haitink) and NDR Sinfonieorchester (Thomas Hengelbrock). Return engagements reunite him with Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen (Sir Roger Norrington), Deutsches Symphonieorchester Berlin (Osmo Vänskä) and the Royal Scottish National Symphony (Thomas Søndergård). In Spring 2016 he will debut with the Irish Chamber Orchestra (Jörg Widman) both in Ireland and at the Festival Heidelberger Frühling – a collaboration that will extend into 2017 featuring Mendelssohn’s Piano Concerto No. 1 and three Mozart concerti. Igor Levit continues his close relationship with the Heidelberger Frühling as the Artistic Director of the Festival’s Chamber Music Academy in April 2016.

An avid chamber musician, Igor Levit joins violinist Julia Fischer in presenting all Beethoven Violin Sonatas in three evenings each in Berlin, London, Munich, Paris and Zurich. At the Schubertiade, he will collaborate with Daniel Müller-Schott in an evening of Beethoven Cello Sonatas. 

Highlights of past seasons included orchestral debuts with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra (Lionel Bringuier), Berliner Philharmoniker (Riccardo Chailly), Cleveland Orchestra (Franz Welser-Möst) and San Francisco Symphony (Pablo Heras-Casado). In Spring 2014, Igor Levit celebrated both his recital and orchestral debut on the main stage of Vienna’s Musikverein to great critical acclaim: jumping in for Maurizio Pollini in June 2014 and for Helene Grimaud (City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra with Andris Nelsons) respectively in March 2014. Only four days earlier on 12 March 2014, Igor Levit made his New York City recital debut at the Park Avenue Armory to unsurpassed critical acclaim by both The New Yorker and The New York Times.

An exclusive recording artist for Sony Classical, Igor Levit’s debut disc of the five last Beethoven sonatas won the BBC Music Magazine Newcomer of the Year 2014 Award, the Royal Philharmonic Society’s Young Artist Award 2014 and the ECHO 2014 for Solo Recording of the Year (19th Century Music)/Piano. His second recording for Sony – Johann Sebastian Bach’s Six Partitas - was released in August 2014.

Born in Nizhni Nowgorod in 1987, Igor Levit at age eight moved with his family to Germany where he completed his piano studies at Hannover Academy of Music, Theatre and Media in 2009 with the highest academic and performance scores in the history of the institute.  Mr. Levit has studied under the tutelage of Karl-Heinz Kämmerling, Matti Raekallio, Bernd Goetze, Lajos Rovatkay and Hans Leygraf.

As youngest participant in 2005 Arthur Rubinstein Competition in Tel Aviv, Igor Levit won the Silver Prize, the Prize for Best Performer of Chamber Music, the „Audience Favorite “Prize and the Prize for Best Performer of Contemporary Music. Previously, he had won the First Prize of the International Hamamtsu Piano Academy Competition in Japan. Since 2003 Igor Levit has been a scolarship student at Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes as well as at Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben.

In Hannover, where he makes his home, Igor Levit is playing on a Steinway D Grand Piano kindly lent to him by the Trustees of Independent Opera at Sadler’s Wells.

Igor Levit is an exclusive recording artist of Sony Classical

(Rev. Aug 2015)


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