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Igor Levit, piano, to Make His Only East Coast Appearance in a PUC debut on February 4

January 5, 2016

Twenty-eight-year-old piano star Igor Levit will make his only East Coast recital appearance in a Princeton University Concerts debut on Thursday, February 4, 2016 at 8PM in Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall. After mesmerizing ten sold-out audiences this past December at New York City’s Park Avenue Armory and setting critics ablaze for his interpretation of J.S. Bach’s Goldberg Variations in collaboration with performance artist Marina Abramović, this revolutionary young pianist will present J.S. Bach’s Partita No. 4 in D Major BWV 828, Ludwig van Beethoven’s “Tempest” Sonata No. 17 in D Minor Op. 31 No. 2, Franz Schubert’s Moments musicaux Op. 94 D. 780, and Sergei Prokofiev’s Sonata No. 7 in B-flat Major Op. 83. Levit will teach a master class, free and open to the public, to Princeton University students at 11AM in Taplin Auditorium prior to his recital. Princeton University Professor Scott Burnham will offer his thoughts on the program in a pre-concert talk at 7PM, free to all ticketholders.

When he made his debut at London’s Queen Elizabeth Hall, Levit so astounded the audience that they forgot to applaud in between pieces, completely hypnotized by his playing. Ever since, he has continued to surpass and reshape the standard of piano virtuosity, boldly and triumphantly taking on projects that most musicians would not approach until much later in their careers. It is rare for such a young performer to so ubiquitously and tangibly take the world by storm, and even more rare when their music is as transcendent; “revelatory experiences like this don’t come often in a lifetime.” (BBC Music Magazine) Although critical acclaim has followed him all around the world, Levit does not get swept up in distracting ostentation; his playing is remarkably full of “technical brilliance, tonal allure, intellectual drive, and an elusive quality that the Germans indicate with the word Innigkeit, or inwardness.” (The New Yorker) He has achieved the remarkable feat of asserting himself as both the most novel as well as one of the most respected of pianists within an extraordinarily short period of time.

In a concert series so intent on bringing performances “up close” and presenting the infinite youth and endlessly exciting possibility of classical music, Igor Levit—his magnetic sound, his youthful passion, the searching yet confident nature of his interpretations—promises to be the crux of Princeton University Concert’s mission. Although already so well-respected, Levit is still at the beginning of his career. We are lucky to catch him at Princeton just as he is taking off.



WHEN: Thursday, February 4, 2016 8PM

WHAT: BACH Partita No. 4 in D Major, BWV 828; SCHUBERT Moments musicaux, Op. 94, D. 780; BEETHOVEN Sonata No. 17 in D Minor, Op. 31, No. 2 “The Tempest:” PROKOFIEV Sonata No. 7 in B-flat Major, Op. 83

WHERE: Princeton University Concerts, Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall

TICKETS: $50, $40, $25 General; $10 Students. Tickets are available online at, by phone at 609-258-9220, or in person two hours prior to the concert at the Richardson Auditorium Box Office

PHOTOS: Please contact Dasha Koltunyuk at or 609-258-6024

*The Paderewski Memorial Concert honors the memory of Ignacy Jan Paderewski: Polish pianist, composer, statesman, and friend to Woodrow Wilson whose support had been influential in the establishment of Poland as an independent state. On Tuesday, November 10, 1925, Paderewski performed in Alexander Hall in tribute to Wilson, who had died the previous year. Princeton University Concerts thanks The Paderewski Foundation for its generous support of Igor Levit’s appearance in Princeton.

For further information please contact Dasha Koltunyuk at or 609-258-6024

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Dasha (Darya) Koltunyuk
Phone:  609-258-6024