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Igor Levit: Bio

Igor Levit has established himself as "one of the essential artists of his generation" (The New Yok Times). The press attests to his performing with a "wealth of meaning without artifice" (Washington Post) leaving the listener "speechless with amazement and admiration" (The Telegraph). In January 2018, Igor Levit was named the Gilmore Artist 2018, and in May 2018, he was named "Instrumentalist of the Year" at the 2018 Royal Philharmonic Society Music Awards. Born in Nizhni Nowgorod in 1987, Igor Levit at age eight moved with his family to Germany. 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 the youngest participant in 2005 Arthur Rubinstein Competition in Tel Aviv, Igor Levit won the Silver Prize, as well as the Prize for Best Performer of Chamber Music, the Audience Favorite Prize and the Prize for Best Performer of Contemporary Music. In Berlin, where he makes his home, Igor Levit is playing on a Steinway D Grand Piano kindly given to him by the Trustees of Independent Opera at Sadler's Wells.

1 Bach: Goldberg Variations, BWV 988 - Aria with 30 Variations / Aria  
2 Bach: Goldberg Variations, BWV 988 - Aria with 30 Variations / Var. 1 a 1 Clav.  
3 Bach: Goldberg Variations, BWV 988 - Aria with 30 Variations / Var. 2 a 1 Clav.  
4 Bach: Goldberg Variations, BWV 988 - Aria with 30 Variations / Var. 3  
5 Bach: Goldberg Variations, BWV 988 - Aria with 30 Variations / Var. 4 a 1 Clav.  
6 Bach: Goldberg Variations, BWV 988 - Aria with 30 Variations / Var. 5 a 1 ovvero 2 Clav.  
7 Beethoven: Diabelli Variations - 33 Variations on a Waltz by Anton Diabelli, Op. 120 / Tema. Vivace  
8 Beethoven: Diabelli Variations - 33 Variations on a Waltz by Anton Diabelli, Op. 120 / Var. 1  
9 Beethoven: Diabelli Variations - 33 Variations on a Waltz by Anton Diabelli, Op. 120 / Var. 2  
10 Beethoven: Diabelli Variations - 33 Variations on a Waltz by Anton Diabelli, Op. 120 / Var. 3  
11 Beethoven: Diabelli Variations - 33 Variations on a Waltz by Anton Diabelli, Op. 120 / Var. 4  
12 Beethoven: Diabelli Variations - 33 Variations on a Waltz by Anton Diabelli, Op. 120 / Var. 5  
13 Rzewski: The People United Will Never Be Defeated! - 36 Variations / Thema.  
14 Rzewski: The People United Will Never Be Defeated! - 36 Variations / Var. 2  
15 Rzewski: The People United Will Never Be Defeated! - 36 Variations / Var. 3  
16 Rzewski: The People United Will Never Be Defeated! - 36 Variations / Var. 4  
17 Rzewski: The People United Will Never Be Defeated! - 36 Variations / Var. 5  
18 Rzewski: The People United Will Never Be Defeated! - 36 Variations / Var. 6  
Igor Levit - An interview with BBC New Generation Artist
May It Return To The Heart (Igor Levit, pianist & Hans Ulrich Obrist, curator) | DLD 18

Sony Classical announces the release of Pianist Igor Levit's third album - Bach, Beethoven, Rzewski.  Available October 30, the album includes Bach's Goldberg Variations and Beethoven's Diabelli Variations, long considered acid tests of the performer's art, plus Frederic Rzewski's gigantic cycle on the Chilean revolutionary song ¡El pueblo unido, jamás será vencido!, which has the reputation of being nearly unplayable. Not content with canonized masterpieces, Levit is equally drawn to the physical challenge of Rzewski's virtuosic tightrope walks.

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