Vita

The pianist Igor Levit was born in 1987 in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia, and began his piano training at the age of three. In 1995 the family moved to Germany, where Levit continued his studies with Karl-Heinz Kämmerling, Matti Raekallio, and Bernd Goetzke in Hanover before joining Hans Leygraf at the Salzburg Mozarteum. He was the youngest participant at the 2005 Rubinstein Competition in Tel Aviv, winning no fewer than four prizes. Today, Levit performs with renowned orchestras around the world, including the Berlin and Vienna Philharmonic Orchestras, the Cleveland and Royal Concertgebouw Orchestras, the Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden, the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Boston and London Symphony Orchestras, and the New York Philharmonic. From 2019 to 2021, he recorded the complete cycle of Beethoven’s 32 sonatas and also performed them at Lucerne Festival and the Salzburg Festival, as well as in recitals in Berlin, Hamburg, and Stockholm. He is moreover committed to contemporary music and in 2022 premiered new works by Fred Hersch and William Bolcom. Levit has been Co-Artistic Director of the Heidelberger Frühling since 2022; Lucerne Festival hosted his new Piano Fest for the first time in May 2023. In the 2022-23 season, the Musikverein Vienna devoted a comprehensive series of portrait concerts to him; in June 2023, he was a guest artist-in-residence at the San Francisco Symphony for several weeks. Levit’s recordings have won numerous awards. In September 2023 he will release his new double album Fantasia with Liszt’s B minor Sonata and works by Bach, Busoni, and Berg. The documentary Igor Levit: No Fear premiered in October 2022 in German cinemas. His first book, Hauskonzert and on which he collaborated with the journalist Florian Zinnecker, was published in 2021. Igor Levit received the Gilmore Artist Award in 2018, the Beethoven Prize in 2020, and the Carl von Ossietzky Prize in 2022. In 2024 he will be honored with the Buber-Rosenzweig Medal.

Lucerne Festival debut on 11 September 2011 as the soloist in Scriabin’s Prométhée with the London Philharmonic Orchestra under Vladimir Jurowski.

July 2023