Paul Lewis CBEPianist
Lewis brought his customary intelligence and intensity…with endless shifts in colour and weight. The fearsome technical demands…were met with unshowy dexterity.
Paul Lewis CBE is internationally regarded as one of the leading musicians of his generation. 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'Annee, the Premio Internazionale Accademia Musicale Chigiana, and the South Bank Show Classical Music award. In 2016 he was awarded a CBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours list, and holds honorary doctorates from Southampton University and Edge Hill University.
He performs regularly as soloist with the world's great orchestras and is a frequent guest at the most prestigious international festivals, including Lucerne, Mostly Mozart (New York), Tanglewood, Schubertiade, Salzburg, Edinburgh, and London’s BBC Proms where in 2010 he became the first pianist to perform a complete Beethoven piano concerto cycle in one season. His recital career takes him to venues such as London's Royal Festival Hall, Alice Tully and Carnegie Hall in New York, Vienna’s Musikverein and Konzerthaus, the Theatre des Champs Elysees in Paris, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Berlin Philharmonie and Konzerthaus, Tonhalle Zurich, Palau de Musica Barcelona, Symphony Hall Chicago, Oji Hall in Tokyo and Melbourne’s Recital Centre.
The 2016-17 season included Beethoven concerto cycles with Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, the São Paulo State Symphony Orchestra, and the Royal Flemish Philharmonic Orchestra, appearances with the Orchestre de Paris and Daniel Harding, the Philharmonia with Andris Nelsons, Chicago Symphony with Manfred Honeck, and the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra with Bernard Haitink. The 2017-18 season sees the start 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.
- Joint Artistic Director, Midsummer Music
News and Articles
Paul Lewis to open Wigmore season27 August 2021
New performances online19 February 2021
Happy 250, Beethoven!16 December 2020
Best of 2020 new releases11 December 2020
Wigmore Hall new season announced18 August 2020
The show must go online16 August 2020
Maestro Arts performers take part in digital Edinburgh Festival3 August 2020
Paul Lewis releases Beethoven Bagatelles7 July 2020
Live music returns to Wigmore Hall12 May 2020
The season is in full swing.........7 November 2019
Signing, Appointments and the Next Generation4 December 2018
NewsletterMaestro Arts welcomes ..... 27 June 2018
NewsletterSignings, Awards and CDs 4 May 2018
The BBC Proms announces its 2018 season19 April 2018
Paul Lewis releases Haydn Sonatas Nos. 32, 40, 49 and 50 on Harmonia Mundi29 March 2018
Paul Lewis awarded a CBE in Queen's Birthday Honours list14 June 2016