And the new Gilmore Artist is….

… the Russian-German pianist Igor Levit, announced last night.

The $300,000 award is given every four years.

Past winners are: Rafał Blechacz (2014), Kirill Gerstein (2010), Ingrid Fliter (2006), Piotr Anderszewski (2002), Leif Ove Andsnes (1998), Ralf Gothóni (1994), and David Owen Norris (1991).



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  • Well deserved and congratulations. Levit is one of the finest pianists around. And that is an understatement.

  • Levit is an ordinary pianist not quite on the level of Grosvenor, Trifonov, Wang, and a whole host of other pianists of his generation but who makes a name using the stage to lecture the public. He is a serious liability for halls such as the Wigmore.

    • I like Trifanov and Wang, but find Grosvenor rather overrated. Not a huge technique and a bit too “let’s pretend I’m a throwback to really great pianists.” I haven’t heard Levit in person yet, so I’ll forgo comment on him at this time.

  • Ah, if only they had checked with people who really know what they’re listening to before misguidedly bestowing this award… so sad *sigh*

        • Bruce, awards are bestowed, to use your verb, for a whole host of reasons — money, favors, politics, appearances, renown. Quite rarely is the process only about an impartial, diligent, expert jury and its voting, which is why we do not see the names, numbers and method.

          It is nice for Igor Levit that a handful of donors decided to support him for a few years. That is all.

          And you really do need to listen to his Beethoven.

  • Without a doubt, the most talented and interesting pianist around today. Beter than Trifonov, Grosvener, Wang, Abudraimov, Rana, etc…

    His intelectual level is beyond his peers. And his uttermost interesting and unique programming is without match.

  • That contorted pose, apparently a spirolateral snogging attempt on the black keys, has been effected either for the benefit of the camera to convey the aura of an intellectual giant and stunning aesthete, or it indicates a cervical spinal disorder. Best not emulated by the hundreds of aspiring young pianists.

  • Wow, Levit collaborated with Marina Abramovic, who appeared in the Podesta emails in a potentially unfavorable light.

  • Lest everyone pass judgement on current and past recipients of prizes, this or the long gone Avery Fisher Prize: many do get overlooked, unfortunately, but for those who cast the lucky straw, it isn’t in the moment of the win, but rather, what they do with their prize and how they shape their legacy. This, is what I would look for beyond anything else, let alone political agendas (which, I must say, should never be part of the artistic presentation since it is about the music and nothing else at that moment on stage). Mr. Levit is an insightful musician, along with many of his colleagues, which is to be grateful for in a world of automation on all levels. Keeping the classics alive is a good part of our duty as conduits and messengers of music in our brief lifetime. It will be interesting to see how he develops and where he takes his gifts, both musically and financially. I wish him good luck and success.

  • I’m looking forward to his Shostakovich Preludes and Fugues here in two weeks, and can’t imagine that I will be disappointed.

    • This bad mannered pianist can’t render good D.Shostakovich Prelude and Fugues.
      Alexander Melnikov attempt to play all 24 in one recital was poor and exhausting event for pianist and audience. Ollie Mustonnen does it right. I have his recording and attend his recitals. Genius!

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