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Igor Levit

About this Artist

With an alert and critical mind, Igor Levit places his art in the context of social events and understands it as inseparably linked to them. The New York Times describes him as one of the “most important artists of his generation.” Igor Levit is Musical America’s “Recording Artist of the Year 2020” and the 2018 Gilmore Artist. In November 2020, he was nominated for a Grammy in the Best Classical Instrumental Solo category.

As a recitalist, Igor Levit regularly performs at the world’s most renowned concert halls and festivals. He is a regular soloist with the world’s leading orchestras such as the Berlin Philharmonic, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, and the Vienna Philharmonic. Igor Levit’s upcoming schedule includes concerts in Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, Amsterdam, Berlin, London, Madrid, Paris, Vienna, and Tokyo. In 2022, the artist premieres a new piano concerto written for him by William Bolcom as well as a solo piece written for him by jazz pianist Fred Hersch. In spring 2021, Igor Levit and the Lucerne Festival announced a multi-year collaboration for a new piano festival he will curate starting in 2023.

An exclusive recording artist for Sony Classical, Igor Levit made his label debut with the highly acclaimed 2019 recording of the 32 Beethoven Sonatas, which earned him the Gramophone Artist of the Year Award as well as the Opus Klassik in autumn 2020. His next album Encounter followed in September 2020. Recorded during the lockdown in spring 2020, it is a deeply personal album marked by a desire for human encounter and togetherness. The program includes rarely heard arrangements of Bach and Brahms by Ferruccio Busoni and Max Reger, as well as “Palais de Mari”—Morton Feldman’s final work for piano. Igor Levit’s latest release is a double album featuring Shostakovich’s 24 Preludes and Fugues, Op. 87, and Ronald Stevenson’s “Passacaglia on DSCH.” The artwork for this album has been specially created by the internationally renowned artist and graphic designer Christoph Niemann, who regularly illustrates for The New Yorker and The New York Times.

Born in Nizhny Novgorod, Igor Levit moved to Germany with his family at the age of eight. He completed his piano studies at Musikhochschule Hannover with the highest score in the history of the institute. His teachers included Karl-Heinz Kämmerling, Matti Raekallio, Bernd Goetzke, Lajos Rovatkay, and Hans Leygraf. Igor Levit was the youngest participant in the 2005 International Arthur Rubinstein Competition in Tel Aviv, where he won the silver medal, the special prize for chamber music, the audience prize, and the special prize for best performance of contemporary pieces. In spring 2019, he was appointed professor of piano at his alma mater, the University of Music, Theater, and Media Hanover.

For his political commitment, Igor Levit has been awarded the Fifth International Beethoven Prize in 2019, followed by his receipt of the “Statue B” from the International Auschwitz Committee in January 2020. His 53 live house concerts, Twitter-streamed during the lockdown in spring 2020, garnered a worldwide audience, offering a sense of community and hope in a time of isolation and desperation. In October 2020, Igor Levit was recognized with the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany. In spring 2021, Hanser published Igor Levit’s first book, House Concert, co-authored by Florian Zinnecker. In Berlin, where he makes his home, Igor Levit is playing on a Steinway D Grand Piano kindly given to him by the Trustees of Independent Opera at Sadler’s Wells.

Igor Levit is an exclusive recording artist of Sony Classical.
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Exclusive World Management: Classic Concerts Management GmbH, Manager: Kristin Schuster.

July 2021