Paul Lewis’s acclaimed cycles of core piano works by Beethoven and Schubert have received worldwide acclaim and solidified his reputation as one of the world’s foremost interpreters of the Central European classical repertoire. His awards include the Royal Philharmonic Society’s Instrumentalist of the Year, two Edison Awards, three Gramophone Awards, the Diapason d’Or de l’Année, and South Bank Show Classical Music Award. He has been designated the 2020 Koussevitzky Artist in recognition of his artistic relationship with the Boston Symphony Orchestra at Tanglewood.
In 2018–19 Mr. Lewis concluded a two-year recital series exploring connections among Haydn’s sonatas, Brahms’s late piano works, and Beethoven’s bagatelles and Diabelli Variations. He celebrates the 2020 Beethoven anniversary year with concerto cycles at Tanglewood (Boston Symphony and Andris Nelsons), Erl (Salzburg Mozarteum and Andrew Manze), Palau de la Musica Barcelona, and Palermo’s Teatro Massimo. He has appeared in recital at Royal Festival Hall, New York’s Alice Tully Hall and Carnegie Hall, Vienna’s Musikverein and Konzerthaus, Paris’s Théâtre des Champs Elysees, Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw, and Berlin’s Philharmonie and Konzerthaus.
His award-winning discography for Harmonia Mundi includes the complete Beethoven piano sonatas, concertos, and Diabelli Variations; Liszt’s B-minor Sonata and other late works; Schubert’s major piano works from the last six years of his life, including the song cycles with tenor Mark Padmore; Schumann and Musorgsky solo works; and Brahms’s Piano Concerto No. 1 with the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra and Daniel Harding. He plans a multi-CD series of Haydn sonatas, Beethoven’s bagatelles, and works by J.S. Bach.
Paul Lewis studied with Joan Havill at London’s Guildhall School of Music and Drama before studying privately with Alfred Brendel. He is co-artistic director of Midsummer Music, an annual chamber music festival held in Buckinghamshire.
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