Paul Lewis is regarded internationally as one of the leading musicians of his generation. His cycles of core piano works by Beethoven and Schubert have received unanimous critical and public acclaim worldwide, and solidified his reputation as one of the world’s foremost interpreters of the central European classical repertoire. His numerous awards have included the Royal Philharmonic Society’s Instrumentalist of the Year, two Edison Awards, three Gramophone Awards, the Diapason D’or de l’Année, and the 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.
The 18/19 season saw the conclusion of a two-year recital series exploring connections between the sonatas of Haydn, the late piano works of Brahms, and Beethoven’s Bagatelles and Diabelli Variations. He celebrates the 2020 Beethoven anniversary year with Beethoven Concerto cycles with the Boston Symphony and Andris Nelsons, Salzburg Mozarteum and Andrew Manze, and at the Palau de la Musica Barcelona, and Teatro Massimo Palermo.
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, all of Schubert’s major piano works from the last six years of his life including the three song cycles with tenor Mark Padmore, solo works by Schumann and Mussorgsky, and the Brahms D minor piano concerto with the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra and Daniel Harding.
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. He is co-artistic director of Midsummer Music, an annual chamber music festival held in Buckinghamshire, UK.