According to The Guardian, ‘Igor Levit … seems built to last.’ The authoritative music magazine Gramophone named the Russian pianist its Artist of the Year in 2016.
Born in Nizhni Novgorod in 1987, Levit moved with his family to Germany at the age of eight. There he studied at the Hochschule für Musik in Hannover, where Karl-Heinz Kämmerling was one of his teachers. Prior to this, he had studied with Hans Leygraf at the Mozarteum in Salzburg.
As the youngest participant in its history, he won the silver prize at the 2005 Arthur Rubinstein Competition in Tel Aviv, as well as the prize for best performer of chamber music, the audience favourite prize and the prize for best performer of a required contemporary work.
Other highlights include his performances with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra under the direction of Riccardo Chailly and the Cleveland Orchestra under the baton of Franz Welser-Möst. Levit is an exclusive recording artist for Sony Classical.
In January he received the prestigious Gilmore Artist Award 2018.
He is giving his first performance with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra