In highly favorable profiles and reviews by The New Yorker and The New York Times, Igor Levit is regarded as a versatile young artist with the expression and understanding of music unseen in many young players. While taking wisdom from older traditions, Levit, unafraid to take risks, also mixes his own alluring color and style into his performances. Alex Ross places Levit as one of “the most promising pianists of his generation,” and Anthony Tommasini of The New York Times writes about the “mature, commanding and richly detailed playing of this artist.” The Schubert Club is proud to introduce Levit as he makes his International Artist Series debut this season in The Ordway’s new Concert Hall.
Last season 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 March 12, 2014, Igor Levit made his New York City recital debut at the Park Avenue Armory to effusive reviews both by The New Yorker and The New 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.
Mr. Levit has also appeared with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Staatskapelle Dresden, Vienna Symphonic Orchestra and the NDR Radiophilharmonie Hannover – engagements which were immediately followed by re-invitations. Composer Frederic Rzewski has dedicated eight sonatas of his cycle “NanoSonaten” to Igor Levit and is currently composing a world premiere for the young pianist in 2015. Among Igor Levit’s chamber music partners are Lisa Batiashvili, Simon Bode, Ning Feng, Julia Fischer, Sol Gabetta, Christiane Karg, Jörg Widmann, Maxim Vengerov and Tabea Zimmermann.
Born in Nizhni Novgorod 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 scholarship student at Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes as well as at Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben.
Igor Levit makes his home in Hannover.
Date & Venue
Tuesday, February 16, 2016 at 7:30pm
Please join us in the Concert Hall at 6:30pm performance for a pre-concert talk by Mark Mazullo.
Wednesday, February 17, 2016 at 10:30am Coffee Concert
Please join us in the Marzitelli Foyer at 9:30am for a pre-concert talk by Mark Mazullo. Complimentary coffee will be available prior to this performance.
Ordway Concert Hall
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Program (for both dates)
Bach – Partita No. 4 in D major, BWV 828
Schubert – Moments Musicaux, D. 780
Beethoven – Sonata No. 17 in D minor, Opus 31, No. 2, Tempest
Prokofieff – Sonata No. 7 in B-flat major, Opus 83
Encore: Shostakovich – Polka
Revelatory experiences like this don’t come often in a lifetime.BBC Music Magazine
...playing of technical brilliance, tonal allure, intellectual drive, and an elusive quality that the Germans indicate with the word Innigkeit, or inwardness.The New Yorker