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
Mr. Lewis performs regularly with the world's great orchestras, including many throughout
the US, such as the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Seattle Symphony; he 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 Dohnányi. He is also frequent guest at the world's most prestigious
festivals, including Lucerne, Mostly Mozart, Tanglewood, Schubertiade Schwarzenberg,
Salzburg, Edinburgh, La Roque d'Anthéron, 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.
Mr. Lewis's recital career has taken him to venues that include London's Wigmore Hall and
Royal Festival Hall, New York's Alice Tully Hall and Tisch Center for the Arts, Vienna's
Musikverein and Konzerthaus, Amsterdam's Concertgebouw, Berlin's Philharmonie and
Konzerthaus, the Tonhalle Zurich, Barcelona's Palau de la Música Catalana, Tokyo's Oji
Hall, Melbourne's Recital Centre, and the Sydney Opera House.
His award-winning discography for Harmonia Mundi includes the complete Beethoven piano
sonatas, concertos, and "Diabelli" Variations; Liszt's B-Minor Sonata and late works; and
all of Schubert's major piano works from the last six years of his life, including the
three song cycles with tenor Mark Padmore.
Mr. Lewis has been named the Royal Philharmonic Society's Instrumentalist of the Year, and
also earned the South Bank Show Classical Music Award and three
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, Norwegian
cellist Bjørg Lewis, he is artistic director of Midsummer Music, an annual chamber music
festival held in Buckinghamshire, United Kingdom.