Meet The Performers

Visiting Artist - Piano and Percussion - Piano

Paul Lewis


British pianist, Paul Lewis, is internationally regarded as one of the leading musicians of his generation. His recent cycles of Beethoven’s and Schubert’s core works for piano received unanimous critical and public acclaim worldwide and have consolidated his reputation as one of the world’s foremost interpreters of central European classical music. 

He performs regularly with the world's great orchestras, including many here in the US such as the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Seattle Symphony, and enjoys particularly strong relationships with both the Boston and Chicago Symphony Orchestras. Later this season he makes his long awaited debut with the New York Philharmonic under Christoph von Dohannyi. He is also frequent guest at the world's most prestigious festivals, including Lucerne, Mostly Mozart (New York), Tanglewood, Schubertiade, Salzburg, Edinburgh, La Roque d’Antheron, Rheingau, Klavier Festival Ruhr, and London’s BBC Proms where in 2010 he became the first pianist to perform a complete Beethoven piano concerto cycle in one season.

Paul Lewis’ recital career takes him to venues such as London's Wigmore Hall and Royal Festival Hall, Alice Tully Hall and the Tisch Center in New York, the Musikverein and Konzerthaus in Vienna, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Berlin Philharmonie and Konzerthaus, the Tonhalle Zurich, Palau de Musica Barcelona, Oji Hall in Tokyo, Melbourne’s Recital Centre, and the Sydney Opera House.  

His multi-award winning discography for Harmonia Mundi includes the complete Beethoven piano sonatas, concertos, and the Diabelli Variations, Liszt’s B minor Sonata and other late works, and all of Schubert’s major piano works from the last six years of his life, including the 3 song cycles with tenor Mark Padmore.

His numerous awards have included the Royal Philharmonic Society’s Instrumentalist of the Year, the South Bank Show Classical Music Award and three Gramophone awards.

Paul Lewis studied with Joan Havill at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London before going on to study privately with Alfred Brendel. Along with his wife the Norwegian cellist Bjørg Lewis, he is artistic director of Midsummer Music, an annual chamber music festival held in Buckinghamshire, UK.

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