Born in the Russian town of Nizhni Novgorod in 1987, this exceptional, thirty year-old musician is already considered one of the most significant pianists of the century. He completed his studies at the Hanover College of Music, Theatre and Media with the highest marks ever achieved in the history of the institute. Today, this young highly sought-after pianist lives in Berlin.
The highlights of his most recent seasons include collaborations with great orchestras such as the Berlin Philharmonic, the Cleveland Orchestra, the London Symphony Orchestra and also the rousing success of the 2017 BBC Proms opening night, with Ed Gardner and the BBC Symphony Orchestra.
After his debuts with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at the Ravinia Festival and with the Vienna Philharmonic at the Salzburg Festival in 2018, a comprehensive range of orchestral debuts in the 2018 / 19 season will frame a number of further performances with the Orchestre de Paris, the Orchestre National de France, the Scala Philharmonic and the Gewandhaus Orchestra Leipzig. Igor Levit will once again be performing this season with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and the Pittsburg Symphony Orchestra. He will also be on tour with the Vienna Philharmonic, which is due to include his much awaited New York debut at Carnegie Hall.
Igor Levit is also exclusive artist for Sony Classical and won the BBC Music Magazine ›Newcomer of the Year Award 2014‹ for his Beethoven recordings, as well as an Echo-Klassik – also in 2014 – in the category Solo Recording of the Year. He has already performed with the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen on several occasions. Igor Levit is winner of the ›2018 Gilmore Artist Award‹ and the ›Instrumentalist of the year 2018‹ of the Royal Philharmonic Society.