Igor LevitPiano

igor Levit

Thursday, November 1, 2018 | 7:30pm

Herbst TheatreVenue Information
San Francisco



BACH/BRAHMS: Chaconne in D-Minor (after Partita for solo violin, BWV 1004)
BUSONI: Fantasia after J.S. Bach, BWV 253
SCHUMANN: Theme and Variations in E-flat Major, “Ghost Variations”
WAGNER/LISZT: “Solemn March to the Holy Grail” from Parsifal, S.450
LISZT/BUSONI: Fantasy and Fugue on the chorale “Ad nos, ad salutarem undam”, S. 259


SCHUMANN: The Poet Speaks, Kinderszenen, Op. 15, No. 13

About This Performance

2018 Gilmore Artist Igor Levit celebrates how the great Romantics reinterpreted composers of earlier eras with a program of Schumann, Busoni, Wagner and Liszt.

Performer Biography

Nominated for Gramophone’s Artist of the Year 2016, Igor Levit manifests his position as one of the most relevant pianists of his generation—as an artist “built to last” (The Guardian).

The 2016–17 season marks Igor Levit’s debuts with the Staatskapelle Dresden (Christian Thielemann), the Bavarian State Orchestra (Kirill Petrenko) and London Symphony Orchestra (Fabio Luisi) and reunites him amongst others with the Danish National Symphony Orchestra (Thomas Søndergård), NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra (Thomas Hengelbrock), Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich (Lionel Bringuier) and San Francisco Symphony (Fabio Luisi).

Major recital debuts await at Carnegie Hall (Zankel Hall), Chicago’s Symphony Center, Boston’s Celebrity Series as well as at Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw and with Lisbon’s Gulbenkian Foundation. Also in recital, Igor Levit returns to the Lucerne Festival, Zurich’s Tonhalle, Laeiszhalle Hamburg and Cologne Philharmonie. The season will further see the start of full Beethoven sonata cycles at London‘s Wigmore Hall and at the Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels. He will perform the trias of variation works, Bach’s Goldberg Variations, Beethoven’s Diabelli Variations and Rzewski’s The People United Will Never Be Defeated, in his hometown Hannover as well as in his adoptive hometown at the Berlin Philharmonie. In October 2015, Sony Classical released Igor Levit’s third solo album for the label featuring all three variation works in cooperation with the Festival Heidelberger Frühling. The album has been voted Gramophone’s Instrumental Award winner 2016.

Highlights of past seasons included orchestral debuts with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra (Lionel Bringuier), Berliner Philharmoniker (Riccardo Chailly), Cleveland Orchestra (Franz Welser-Möst) and National Symphony Orchestra (Jiří Bělohlávek). In spring 2014, 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 Hélène Grimaud (City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra with Andris Nelsons) respectively in March 2014. Only four days earlier on 12 March 2014, Igor Levit made his New York City recital debut at the Park Avenue Armory to unsurpassed critical acclaim by both The New Yorker and The New York 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 Klassik 2014 for Solo Recording of the Year (19th Century Music/Piano).

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. Igor 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.

In Berlin, where he makes his home, Igor Levit is playing on a Steinway D Grand Piano kindly lent to him by the Trustees of Independent Opera at Sadler’s Wells.

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Igor Levit—Life Album (Official Trailer)