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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 I. Allegro  
2 II. Adagio  
3 III. Menuetto. Allegretto  
4 IV. Prestissimo  
5 I. Allegro vivace  
6 II. Largo appassionato  
7 III. Scherzo. Allegretto  
8 IV. Rondo. Grazioso  
9 I. Allegro con brio  
10 II. Adagio  
11 III. Scherzo. Allegro  
12 IV. Allegro assai  
13 I. Allegro molto e con brio  
14 II. Largo, con gran espressione  
15 III. Allegro  
16 IV. Rondo. Poco allegretto e grazioso  
17 I. Allegro molto e con brio  
18 II. Adagio molto  
19 III. Finale. Prestissimo  
20 I. Allegro  
21 II. Allegretto  
22 III. Presto  
23 I. Presto  
24 II. Largo e mesto  
25 III. Menuetto. Allegro  
26 IV. Rondo. Allegro  
27 I. Grave - Allegro di molto e con brio  
28 II. Adagio cantabile  
29 III. Rondo. Allegro  
30 I. Allegro  
31 II. Allegretto  
32 III. Rondo. Allegro comodo  
33 I. Allegro  
34 II. Andante  
35 III. Scherzo. Allegro assai  
36 I. Allegro con brio  
37 II. Adagio con molto espressione  
38 III. Menuetto  
39 IV. Rondo. Allegretto  
40 I. Andante con variazioni  
41 II. Scherzo. Allegro molto  
42 III. Marcia funebre sulla morte dun eroe  
43 IV. Allegro  
44 I. Andante - Allegro  
45 II. Allegro molto e vivace  
46 III. Adagio con espressione  
47 IV. Allegro vivace  
48 I. Adagio sostenuto  
49 II. Allegretto  
50 III. Presto agitato  
51 I. Allegro  
52 II. Andante  
53 III. Scherzo. Allegro vivace  
54 IV. Rondo. Allegro ma non troppo  
55 I. Allegro vivace  
56 II. Adagio grazioso  
57 III. Rondo. Allegretto  
58 I. Largo - Allegro  
59 II. Adagio  
60 III. Allegretto  
61 I. Allegro  
62 II. Scherzo. Allegretto vivace  
63 III. Menuetto. Moderato e grazioso  
64 IV. Presto con fuoco  
65 I. Andante  
66 II. Rondo. Allegro  
67 I. Allegro, ma non troppo  
68 II. Tempo di Menuetto  
69 I. Allegro con brio  
70 II. Introduzione. Adagio molto  
71 III. Rondo. Allegretto moderato - Prestissimo  
72 I. In Tempo dun Menuetto  
73 I. In Tempo dun Menuetto  
74 II. Allegretto - Piu allegro  
75 I. Allegro assai  
76 II. Andante con moto  
77 III. Allegro ma non troppo - Presto  
78 I. Adagio cantabile - Allegro ma non troppo  
79 II. Allegro vivace  
80 I. Presto alla tedesca  
81 II. Andante  
82 III. Vivace  
83 I. Das Lebewohl. Adagio - Allegro  
84 II. Abwesendheit. Andante espressivo  
85 III. Das Wiedersehn. Vivacissimamente  
86 I. Mit Lebhaftigkeit und durchaus mit Empfindung und Ausdruck  
87 II. Nicht zu geschwind und sehr singbar vorgetragen  
88 I. Etwas lebhaft und mit der innigsten Empfindung  
89 II. Lebhaft. Marschmaig  
90 III. Langsam und sehnsuchtsvoll  
91 IV. Geschwind, doch nicht zu sehr, und mit Entschlossenheit  
92 I. Allegro  
93 II. Scherzo. Assai vivace  
94 III. Adagio sostenuto. Appassionato e con molto sentimento  
95 IV. Largo - Allegro risoluto  
96 I. Vivace ma non troppo  
97 II. Prestissimo  
98 III. Gesangvoll, mit innigster Empfindung. Andante molto cantabile ed espressivo  
99 I. Moderato cantabile molto espressivo  
100 II. Allegro molto  
101 III. Adagio ma non troppo - Fuga. Allegro ma non troppo  
102 I. Maestoso - Allegro con brio ed appassionato  
103 II. Arietta. Adagio molto semplice e cantabile  
Igor Levit - An interview with BBC New Generation Artist
May It Return To The Heart (Igor Levit, pianist & Hans Ulrich Obrist, curator) | DLD 18

Igor Levit's work on the 32 Beethoven Piano Sonatas has been the most important endeavour of the past 15 years of his life. This autumn will see his new studio recording of the complete sonata cycle released on Sony Classical on September 13 and represents the recorded testament to almost half his life spent in the study and performance of these sonatas. The release of this momentous 9-album cycle is one of the most eagerly awaited recordings for the 250-year Beethoven anniversary. 

No other composer has had such an important influence on Igor Levit's life as that of Ludwig van Beethoven. He admits that this composer's music is around him practically every day and in almost everything he does. The profound impact of Beethoven's music- since his first emotional point-of-no-return with the Missa solemnis  at age 13, followed by his first dedicated work on Sonata op. 2/2–has subsequently shaped Levit's approach to almost all music, whether he is playing Liszt, Shostakovich or Rzewski.