Thomas Mann Fellows | 2024 – 2025

Nov, Dec, Jan

Igor Levit | Pianist, Activist

Igor Levit | Image: Felix Broede
Igor Levit | Image: Felix Broede

Igor Levit, born in Nizhny Novgorod, moved to Germany with his family at the age of eight. He completed his piano studies at the Hanover University of Music, Drama and Media. In the spring of 2019, he was appointed professor of piano at his alma mater. Since the spring of 2022, Igor Levit has been co-artistic director of the Heidelberger Frühling international music festival. The New York Times describes Igor Levit as one of the "most important artists of his generation," while the Süddeutsche Zeitung calls him a "stroke of luck" for today's concert scene. For his “house concerts” as a sign of hope and public spirit, as well as for his fight against anti-Semitism, Igor Levit was awarded the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany in the fall of 2020. Together with Georg Diez, Igor Levit is an Honorary Fellow of the Thomas Mann House.

Selected Prizes and Awards
2022 | Recording of the Year for the album On DSCH, BBC Music Magazine
2020 | Statue-B of the International Auschwitz Committee
2020 | Artist of the Year 2020, Gramophone Classical Music Awards
2020 | Recording Artist of the Year 2020, Music America
2019 | 5th International Beethoven Prize, awarded for Igor Levit's political commitment
2018 | 8th recipient of the Gilmore Artist Award, given every four years to a classical pianist

Selected Works and Performances
2023 | Fantasia (album), Sony Classical
2022 | Igor Levit – No Fear (long-term documentary – feature film)
2021 | House Concert (book), co-authored with Florian Zinnecker, Carl Hanser Verlag
2019 | Complete recording of the Beethoven piano sonatas, Sony Classical