Russian-German pianist Igor Levit has been chosen to receive the Irving S. Gilmore International Keyboard Festival’s 2018 Artist Award.
Every four years, the Gilmore awards $300,000 to a career musician who shows promise, charisma and the highest level of skill. The award also comes with the opportunity to play multiple shows with the Gilmore, including at the festival in 2018.
“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,” Daniel Gustin, director of the Gilmore, said in a statement. “He exemplifies the pianist that The Gilmore was formed to support."
Levit will give his first public performance as the Gilmore Artist in New York City at The Jerome L. Greene Performance Space on Jan. 4 at 7 p.m. He is performing Bach’s Chaconne in D minor and Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata. The event will be streamed live on the Gilmore’s website and Facebook page.