Praised for »artistic sophistication far above the ordinary«

by Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung,

Biography • Dmitri Levkovich

Canadian pianist and composer Dmitri Levkovich was born in the Ukraine. Both of his parents are pianists and his father is a renowned composer. Dmitri’s performances have taken him all over the world. He has appeared at Carnegie Hall, Beijing’s National Center for the Performing Arts, Theatre des Champs Elysees, the Great Hall of Moscow Conservatory, the Great Hall at the Gulbenkian Foundation in Lisbon, the Warsaw Philharmonic Hall, and the Mariinsky Theater’s Concert Hall in St. Petersburg.


He has collaborated with conductors Valery Gergiev, Vladimir Spivakov, Jahja Ling, George Pehlivanian, Markus Stenz, Sebastian Weigle and performed with orchestras, such as the Cleveland Orchestra, the Utah Symphony, the China National Orchestra, Gulbenkian Orchestra and Frankfurt Radio Orchestra. Many of his performances have been broadcast on television and radio stations. Dmitri was invited to take part in numerous Music Festivals that included Deer Valley, New Contemporary Piano Faces at Mariinsky, Gergiev Festival in Rotterdam, Salzburg Whitsun, the International Keyboard Institute and Festival (New York City) and Ravello.
Since entering the competition stage in 2005, Dmitri has received seventeen top prizes at International Piano Competitions, including China International Piano Competition,  Cleveland, Jose Iturbi, Gina Bachauer International Artists and Vendôme Prize. He was also awarded a number of Audience Favorite Prizes and Prizes for the best interpretation of Chopin’s music. Most recently, Dmitri won the International German Piano Award. This victory has resulted in performances in Bangkok, Bratislava, Doha, Tbilisi, Sacile, Shanghai, the Big Hall and Chamber Music Hall of Berliner Philharmonie, Frankfurt’s Alte Oper, as well as a CD release of Rachmaninoff’s 24 Preludes on “Piano Classics” label which was nominated for the International Classical Music Awards (ICMA) 2016.
Dmitri feels fortunate to have studied piano with the great Sergei Babayan for 11 years. However, his first professional degree was in composition (Curtis Institute of Music). His compositions have been performed by orchestras in the United States and in Europe. The style of his music is described in the Philadelphia’s Broad Street Review – “…the musicians could jump right into the heartfelt melodies and big emotional surges of Levkovich’s slow movement.” He also enjoys teaching. His experience in teaching began as an assistant to Sergei Babayan. Since then, Dmitri has successfully taught piano and chamber music master classes at various universities across the world and also served as a jury member in various piano competitions.
Dmitri makes his home in Manhattan, New York.

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  • »Dmitri Levkovich […] used Chopin’s B minor Sonata as flying start with great suspense and brilliantly repeated parallel chords, which rose even higher in the Scherzo. […] Levkovich also faced the breath-taking difficulties of Rachmaninov’s Sonata No. 2 with élan, however, without losing sight of the finder details.«

Gerhard Schroth, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (Feuilleton), 22.10.2016

 

  • »Right from the start of his performance, which began with Chopin’s Piano Sonata No. 2 in B flat minor, op. 35 and ended with Rachmaninoff’s Piano Sonata No. 2, op. 36 in B flat minor, his performance was dominated by a sharp-edged, precise, crystal clear and accessible presence. In Chopin’s case, this resulted in an unusually rough, even harsh yet also agitated tone. In Rachmaninoff’s case, this beautifully brought out the typical blend of key surfing and stepping that weaves in and out of the melody framework. […]«

Bernhard Uske, Frankfurter Rundschau (Musik), 16.10.2016

 

  • »Levkovich began, and when playing Chopin’s second sonata (in B minor), showed his virtuoso skill and musical depth […]. Levkovich’s interpretation of Cesar Franck’s Prelude, Choral and Fugue was as mature as it was sophisticated, and was in no way diminished by the penetrating and masterly finesse of Rachmaninov’s second sonata with which he closed his performance – with these veritable fireworks of skill and virtuosity, the pianist took his leave.«

Matthias Gerhart, Frankfurter Neue Presse (Kultur), 17.10.2016

 

  • »His emotionally laden approach to Chopin’s famous B-minor Sonata combined pronounced musical sensitivity with an uncompromising passion, which got to the deepest regions of the dark sonata. The pianist’s facial expression reflected, in which personal manner he experienced the intense eruptions of the music and how he exposed himself with all his being to the existential tremor running through the sonata. […] Levkovich also demonstrated himself to be a sensitive, romantic soul in Cesar Franck’s Prelude, Choral and Fugue op. 21, which he raised into the ecstatic with a powerful attack that di not shy away from harschness.«

Silvia Adler, Allgemeine Zeitung Mainz, Wiesbadener Kurier (Feuilleton), 19.10.2016

 

  • »…There are two ways to conquer the audience: you can try to enchant them with a kind of poetry sound-weavings or to overpower with concentrated virtuosity. Dmitri Levkovich unified both of them in a superior way by playing softly tinted preludes of Rachmaninov, followed by a tumultuous Schubert Wanderer-Phantasie and the Prokofjew´s four etudes op. 2….«

Gerhard Schroth, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung – 5 April, 2016