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Igor Levit

Igor Levit

Russian–German musician
Igor Levit
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Intro Russian–German musician
A.K.A. Игорь Левит
Is Musician Pianist
From Germany
Type Music
Gender male
Birth 10 March 1987, Nizhny Novgorod, Russia
Age: 33 years
Star sign PiscesPisces
Instruments:
Piano
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Biography

Igor Levit (Russian: Игорь Левит; born 1987) is a Russian-German pianist.

Biography

Born in Gorky (now Nizhny Novgorod), Levit began playing piano at age three, and as a child he had his first successes on the concert stage in his hometown of Nizhny Novgorod. His family moved to Hanover in 1995. From 1999 to 2000 he studied at the Mozarteum in Salzburg with Hans Leygraf [de] and from 2000 to 2010 at the Hochschule für Musik, Theater und Medien Hannover with Karl-Heinz Kämmerling, Matti Raekallio and Bernd Goetzke [de].

Levit has appeared in major concert halls and music festivals around the world. During his studies he won several international awards, including second prize at the International Maria Callas Grand Prix, Athens (2004), first prize at the 9th Hamamatsu International Piano Academy Competition in Hamamatsu (2004), the second prize at the piano competition Kissinger Klavierolymp (2004), the silver medal and three other awards at the Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Master Competition in Tel Aviv (2005), and the Luitpold Prize for young artists at the Festival Kissinger Sommer in Bad Kissingen (2009). In October 2011 he appeared in a 45-minute documentary aired on 3sat about his love for the music of Franz Liszt. He was a BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist from 2011 to 2013. He received the Beethoven Ring in 2017. And in 2018 he received the Gilmore Artist Award which is awarded every four years to a concert pianist. (Nominees for the Gilmore Award are not aware that they are under consideration, but are assessed over time through live performances and recordings.)

He was appointed to a professorship at the Hochschule für Musik, Theater und Medien Hannover (Hanover University of Music, Drama and Media) starting in the winter semester 2019/2020.

Discography

In 2013 Levit released his debut album, a two-disc set of Ludwig van Beethoven's late piano sonatas (Nos. 28 to 32), on Sony Classical Records. His second Sony album, a recording of Johann Sebastian Bach's six keyboard partitas, was named Gramophone Magazine's recording of the month for October 2014. His third Sony album, a 3-CD set of Bach's Goldberg Variations, Beethoven's Diabelli Variations, and The People United Will Never Be Defeated! of Frederic Rzewski, was released in October 2015. His fourth album, a 2-CD set released in 2018, is entitled "Life" (it was Levit's response to the death of his "best friend") and included works by Busoni, Bach, Schumann, Rzewski, Wagner, Liszt, and Bill Evans.

His recordings of the complete Beethoven piano sonatas have been released by Sony Classical on 13 September 2019.

The contents of this page are sourced from Wikipedia article on 11 Mar 2020. The contents are available under the CC BY-SA 4.0 license.
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http://www.deutsche-stiftung-musikleben.de/stipendiaten/solistenMaske.html?TID=20070328143439
https://www.actcity.jp/hacam/PianoAcademy/history/archives/
https://www.kissingersommer.de/en/programm/kissinger-klavierolymp/index.html
https://web.archive.org/web/20180424140023/https://www.general-anzeiger-bonn.de/news/kultur-und-medien/bonn/Bonner-Beethovenring-geht-an-den-Pianisten-Igor-Levit-article3708117.html
https://www.general-anzeiger-bonn.de/news/kultur-und-medien/bonn/Bonner-Beethovenring-geht-an-den-Pianisten-Igor-Levit-article3708117.html
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/03/arts/music/igor-levit-gilmore-award.html
https://www.hmtm-hannover.de/de/aktuelles/meldungen/archiv/2019/maerz/artikel/igor-levit-wird-professor-fuer-klavier/
http://www.prestoclassical.co.uk/r/Sony/88843036822
http://www.hmv.co.jp/en/artist_Piano-Collection_000000000017977/item_Igor-Levit-J-S-Bach-Goldberg-Variations-Beethoven-Diabelli-Variations-Rzewski-The-United-People-Never-be-Defeated-3CD_6585753
https://www.theguardian.com/music/2018/oct/11/igor-levit-life-review-pianists-transcendental-meditation-on-grief
https://www.theguardian.com/music/2019/sep/05/beethoven-complete-piano-sonatas-review
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