May 4, 2020
The Gilmore’s "Virtually Gilmore" Webcast Series Concludes with Live-Streamed Video Recital by Igor Levit, 2018 Gilmore Artist, Tuesday, May 5 at 2:00 p.m. ET
Robbie Lawrence

All-Beethoven program comprises Piano Sonatas No. 10 in G major, Op. 14, No. 2; No. 31 in A-flat major, Op. 110; and No. 32 in C minor, Op. 111

NEW YORK, NEW YORK (April 30, 2020) — For the finale of its Virtually Gilmore video streaming series on Tuesday, May 5 at 2:00 p.m. ET, The Gilmore presents 2018 Gilmore Artist Igor Levit in a free, live-streamed, all-Beethoven recital from a recording studio in Berlin. The performance is part of The Gilmore’s celebration of Beethoven’s 250th birthday, as well as Mr. Levit’s recent focus on the Beethoven piano sonatas in light of his 2019 Sony Classical box set of these complete works. The May 5 program comprises Piano Sonatas No. 10 in G major, Op. 14, No. 2; No. 31 in A-flat major, Op. 110; and No. 32 in C minor, Op. 111.

The live-stream may be accessed via The Gilmore’s YouTube channel. Streaming on demand will also be available for 24 hours following the performance.

The Gilmore launched its Virtually Gilmore series on April 22 in response to the coronavirus-related cancellation of the 2020 Gilmore International Keyboard Festival. This free video-streaming series of performances by leading and emerging keyboard artists was conceived to “retain something of the magic we all experience every two years at the festival, while also providing musical nourishment to viewers around the world during these trying times,” according to Gilmore Director Pierre van der Westhuizen. Mr. Levit had been scheduled to give a Beethoven sonata recital and master class, as well as a festival-finale performance of Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3.

Additional artists featured in Virtually Gilmore, whether in new performances or footage from The Gilmore archives, include 2002 Gilmore Young Artist Jonathan Biss, the Emmet Cohen Trio, 2006 Gilmore Artist Ingrid Fliter, 2020 Gilmore Young Artist Misha Galant, Lukas Geniušas, 2010 Gilmore Artist Kirill Gerstein, 2020 Gilmore Young Artist Maxim Lando, Tiffany Poon, Charles Richard-Hamelin, Sir András Schiff, the Spanish Harlem Orchestra, and 2018 Gilmore Young Artist Wei Luo. Click here to learn more about the series.



Created in 1989 to honor the legacy of Irving S. Gilmore, the organization is known for its biennial Gilmore International Keyboard Festival, a three-week celebration of keyboard music; the Gilmore Awards, a regular series of awards presented to deserving pianists based on a non-competitive process; and commissioning of composers to create new works for the keyboard. Since 1989, 14 biennial Festivals have been enjoyed by thousands of visitors to west Michigan. Eight Gilmore Artists and 36 Gilmore Young Artists have been recognized, and 34 new works have been created for the piano.

In recent years, the organization has grown considerably. Two distinctive concert series—Piano Masters and Rising Stars—ensure that world-class keyboard music is presented continually. In addition, a major program dedicated to community engagement and music education touches the lives of thousands of area children and adults by offering neighborhood concerts, piano lessons in elementary schools, music therapy, group lessons for adults, toddler-friendly concert experiences, summer piano camp, master classes, and much more.

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Hailed by The New York Times as “one of the essential artists of his generation,” Igor Levit is the 2018 Gilmore Artist and Royal Philharmonic Society’s “Instrumentalist of the Year” 2018. He is the Artistic Director of the Chamber Music Academy and of the Festival “Standpunkte” of the Heidelberg Spring Festival and has been appointed a professorship at his Alma Mater the University of Music, Drama and Media in Hanover in spring 2019.

An exclusive recording artist for Sony Classical, Igor Levit’s debut disc of the five last Beethoven Sonatas won the BBC Music Magazine “Newcomer of the Year” 2014 Award and the Royal Philharmonic Society’s Young Artist Award 2014. In October 2015, Sony Classical released Igor Levit’s third solo album in cooperation with the Festival Heidelberger Frühling featuring Bach’s Goldberg Variations, Beethoven’s Diabelli Variations and Rzewski’s The People United Will Never Be Defeated!, which has been awarded the “Recording of the Year” and “Instrumental Award” at the 2016 Gramophone Classical Music Awards.

In Berlin, where he makes his home, Igor Levit is playing on a Steinway D Grand Piano kindly given to him by the Trustees of Independent Opera at Sadler’s Wells.

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Tuesday, May 5 at 2:00 p.m. ET
Live-streamed video performance

Igor Levit, piano


Piano Sonata No. 10 in G major, Op. 14, No. 2
Piano Sonata No. 31 in A-flat major, Op. 110
Piano Sonata No. 32 in C minor, Op. 111

Live-stream available for free via The Gilmore’s YouTube channel. Streaming on demand will also be available for 24 hours following the performance.

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