Wednesday, February 8, 2017, 8pm — Longy’s Edward M. Pickman Hall
(Boston) Celebrity Series of Boston will present pianist Igor Levit on Wednesday, February 8, 2017, at 8pm at Longy’s Edward M. Pickman Hall, Longy School of Music of Bard College, 27 Garden Street, Cambridge, MA. The Debut Series is generously sponsored in part by Harriet and David Griesinger and the Longy School of Music of Bard College.
Tickets for this performance are limited, and are available online at www.celebrityseries.org, by calling CelebrityCharge at (617) 482-6661 Monday-Friday 10:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m., or at Longy’s Edward M. Pickman Hall’s Box Office, 27 Garden Street, Cambridge, MA.
This performance marks the Celebrity Series debut for Igor Levit.
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). 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 the youngest participant in the 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.
The 2016-17 season marks Igor Levit’s debuts with the Staatskapelle Dresden, the Bavarian State Orchestra and London Symphony Orchestra, and reunites him with numerous other orchestras around the world. Major recital debuts await at Carnegie Hall and Chicago’s Symphony Center, as well as at Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw and with Lisbon’s Gulbenkian Foundation, among other. 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.
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.
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).
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.
SHOSTAKOVICH: 3 Preludes and Fugues from Op. 87
RZEWSKI: North American Ballad No. 5
BEETHOVEN: Diabelli Variations, Op. 120
Program is subject to change.
About Celebrity Series of Boston
Celebrity Series of Boston was founded in 1938 by pianist and impresario Aaron Richmond. Over the course of its 78-year history, Celebrity Series has presented an array of the world’s greatest performing artists, including Sergei Rachmaninoff, Arturo Toscanini, Ignace Paderewski, Artur Rubenstein, Vladimir Horowitz, Glenn Gould, Fritz Kreisler, Jascha Heifetz, Isaac Stern, Andrés Segovia, Kirsten Flagstad, Marian Anderson, Luciano Pavarotti, Béla Bartók, Igor Stravinsky, Martha Graham, Ballet Russe De Monte Carlo, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Mstislav Rostropovich, and the New York City Opera Company.
The Celebrity Series has been bringing the very best performers–from orchestras and chamber ensembles, vocal and piano music, to dance companies, jazz, and more–to Boston’s major concert halls for 78 years. The Celebrity Series of Boston believes in the power of excellence and innovation in the performing arts to enrich life experiences, transform lives and build better communities. Through its education initiatives, the Celebrity Series seeks to build a community of Greater Boston where the performing arts are a valued, lifelong, shared experience–on stages, in schools, at home– everywhere.
The Celebrity Series of Boston, Inc. receives generous support from Amy & Joshua Boger, Leslie & Howard Appleby, the Boston Cultural Council, The Boston Foundation, the Stephanie L. Brown Foundation, Charlesbank Capital Partners LLC, the Susanne Marcus Collins Foundation, Deloitte LLP, Donna & Mike Egan, Foley & Lardner LLP, Gabor Garai & Susan Pravda, David & Harriet Griesinger, Zachary Haroutunian and the Garbis & Arminé Barsoumian Charitable Foundation, the Charles and Cerise Jacobs Charitable Foundation, Paul L. King, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, Joseph McNay, the National Endowment for the Arts, the New England Foundation for the Arts, Eleanor & Frank Pao, The Peabody Foundation, PTC, the Cynthia and John S. Reed Foundation, the Royal Little Family Foundation, the Stifler Family Foundation, Mr. and Mrs. Henri A. Termeer, Michael and Susan Thonis, Tufts Health Plan, Sanjay & Sangeeta Verma, Nancy Richmond Winsten, Anonymous, and many others.