The Russian-born German pianist is an artist who paints on a broad canvas; one whose place in the world informs his art; and one who is unafraid to speak his mind, whether on music or on politics.
After a hiatus in 2020, we once again asked our reviewers and readers to vote for the Australian and International Artists of the Year. We are thrilled to announce our 2021 winners.
From Igor Levit to Stephen Hough the piano takes centre stage this month, but there are vocal pleasures too with Respighi songs and Christian Gerhaher’s complete Schumann.
Another monumental piano conquest by the intrepid Igor Levit.
Levit himself deserved six out of five stars for his performance, but there were a few technical issues.
The star pianist discusses the 52 concerts he streamed from his Berlin home when COVID hit, his 15-hour livestream of Satie's Vexations, and his forthcoming digital concert of Beethoven's Diabelli Variations.
Another superbly serious encounter courtesy of Igor Levit.
Levit goes full cycle – pianist stakes his claim as a Beethovenian for contemporary ears.
Star pianist’s profound new album is grown out of tragedy.
The decision comes after the Awards faced a backlash, including from artists such as Daniel Barenboim, Mariss Jansons and the Leipzig Gewandhaus, for recognising a rap duo whose works have been deemed anti-Semitic.
The Russian-born pianist has attracted attention for his keen musicianship as well as his anti-Brexit, anti-Trump views.