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Katy Wright

Deputy Editor, Classical Music

Igor Levit wins $300,000 Gilmore Artist Award

1:55, 3rd January 2018

Igor Levit has been named as the recipient of the 2018 Gilmore Artist Award, one of the most generous in music. He will receive $300,000 in support of his musical and career goals over the next four years.

The Award is presented every four years on a non-competitive basis to a pianist who is ‘a superb performing artist and a profound musician with both charisma and breadth of musicianship; who desires and can sustain a performing career as a major international concert artist and can make a real impact on music’. Previous recipients of include Rafał Blechacz (2014), Kirill Gerstein (2010), Ingrid Fliter (2006), Piotr Anderszewski (2002) and Leif Ove Andsnes (1998).

Levit will give his first public performance as the 2018 Gilmore Artist in an event at the Jerome L. Greene Performance Space in New York City on 4 January at 7pm ET. The event will include an interview with Levit, who will perform Bach’s Chaconne in D minor (transcribed by Brahms for left hand alone) and Beethoven’s ‘Moonlight’ Sonata, and the evening will be streamed live on The Gilmore’s website.

‘Igor Levit is not only a superb pianist but also a deeply thoughtful and insightful artist, and he made a deep impression on all of us who followed his performances over the last three years,’ said Daniel R. Gustin, director of the Irving S. Gilmore International Keyboard Festival, adding: ‘He exemplifies the pianist that The Gilmore was formed to support.’

Levit said he felt ‘privileged, blessed, and excited’, adding: ‘For me, the purpose of music making and being an artist is to share—to share the past, present, and future of music with my audience as best I can. This award will help me to continue on this path and broaden the possibilities of that sharing.’


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