Biography

„He is set to be one of this century’s big names.“
London Telegraph – October 2013

The 2013-14 season marks Igor Levit’s debuts with the Konzerthausorchester Berlin, with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and the Royal Flemish Philharmonic Antwerpen. He returns to London’s Barbican Hall performing Beethoven’s Tripelkonzert with the BBC Symphony Orchestra joined by Maxim Vengerov and Antonio Meneses. Together with the Düsseldorfer Symphoniker Igor Levit will perform Tchaikovsky’s piano concerto at the Musikverein Vienna.  An active solo recitalist, he will perform at the Berlin Philharmonie, Cologne Philharmonie, Munich’s Prinzregententheater, Frankfurts’s Alte Oper Frankfurt, London’s Queen Elizabeth Hall, Milan’s Conservatorio Sala Verdi and Zurich’s famed Tonhalle.

In spring 2014 Igor Levit returns to Ludwigsburger Sommerfestspiele, the Schumann Fest Düsseldorf as well as to the Festival Heidelberger Frühling where he serves as Artistic Director for the Chamber Music Academy. In summer 2014 he is Artist in Residence at the Kissinger Sommer as well as at the Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. The latter comprises his debut with the Deutsches-Symphonie-Orchester Berlin under the baton of Tugan Sokhiev and projects with Kremerata Baltica and the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen. At the Schubertiade Igor Levit continues his Beethoven Sonata cycle which began in autumn 2013 to great critical acclaim.

Highlights of the 2012-13 season included debuts with the Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg, the BBC Symphony Orchestra, WDR Sinfonieorchester and Danish National Symphony Orchestra. Nominated by Laeiszhalle Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, Kölner Philharmonie and Festspielhaus Baden-Baden for the concert series „ECHO Rising Stars“, Igor Levit has debuted as a recitalist at Brussel’s Palais des Beaux Arts, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, the Musikverein, Town Hall, Birmingham and Stockholm’s Konserthus.

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 “Nano Sonaten” 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, Sol Gabetta, Maximilian Hornung, Valeriy Sokolov, Jörg Widmann, Maxim Vengerov und Tabea Zimmermann. In the 2013-14 season, there are duo performances planned  with Julia Fischer and Christiane Karg.

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.

Igor Levit makes his home in Hannover.

Igor Levit is an exclusive recording artist of Sony Classical
World Management: IMG Artists, LLC
New York City
Exclusive Manager: Kristin Schuster
kschuster@imgartists.com

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