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Widely celebrated for his considered and profound interpretations of the classical repertoire, Paul Lewis is recognised internationally as one of today’s most distinctive and poetic pianists. His many awards have included the Royal Philharmonic Society’s Instrumentalist of the Year Award and the South Bank Show Classical Music Award, both in 2003, a Diapason d’or de l’annee in France in 2002, two successive Edison awards in Holland in 2004 and 2005, and the Gramophone Instrumental Award and Record of the Year in 2008. In 2006 he was awarded the 25th Premio Internazionale Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Siena. Between 2005 and 2007, he performed the complete Beethoven Sonatas at venues throughout Europe and North America to great critical acclaim, and his recordings of the complete Beethoven sonatas for Harmonia Mundi have received unanimous praise throughout the world. His recent recording of Schubert’s Winterreise with Mark Padmore was Editor’s Choice in the November 2009 issue of Gramophone Magazine, and was hailed as one of the best discs of 2009 in the Sunday Telegraph.

Paul Lewis is a regular guest at many of the world’s most prestigious venues and festivals including the BBC Proms, appearing at the televised “Last Night” in 2005, the Schubertiade Schwarzenberg, the Roque d’Antheron Piano Festival, and the Klavier Festival Ruhr. He has a particularly strong relationship with London’s Wigmore Hall where he has appeared on more than thirty occasions. He has performed with many of the world’s leading orchestras including all of the major UK orchestras, The LA Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Vienna Symphony, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Bamberg Symphony, NDR-Philharmonie Hannover, Wiener Kammerphilharmonie, Seattle Symphony, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Australian Chamber Orchestra, Sydney Symphony, and Melbourne Symphony, with conductors such as Sir Colin Davis, Bernard Haitink, Christoph von Dohnanyi, Sir Mark Elder, Sir Charles Mackerras, Wolfgang Sawallisch, Sir Andrew Davis, Marin Alsop, Dimitri Kitajenko, Daniel Harding, Adam Fischer, Richard Hickox, Emmanuel Krivine, and Joseph Swensen.

Recent highlights have included opening the Mostly Mozart Festival in New York with Beethoven’s 5th concerto, concerts in New York, Chicago, Milan and Turin with the London Symphony Orchestra and Sir Colin Davis, a European tour with the Bournemouth Symphony and Marin Alsop, a complete Beethoven Concerto cycle with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and Vasily Petrenko, recitals at the Schleswig Holstein and Rheingau festivals, and an extensive tour of the US with the Australian Chamber Orchestra. Solo recitals have taken him to venues such as Toppan Hall Tokyo, Symphony Centre Chicago, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Tonhalle Zurich, Auditorio Nacional Madrid, Kennedy Centre Washington, and the Vienna Konzerthaus.

Plans for 2010 and beyond include a busy international schedule of recitals, concerts with the London Symphony, LA Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, a solo recital tour of Australia with Musica Viva, duo recitals with Mark Padmore and Steven Osborne, a recital at the Royal Festival Hall in 2010, and the start of a two year Schubert project from 2011. Future recording plans feature Beethoven’s Diabelli Variations, the complete Beethoven Concertos with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Jiri Belohlavek, and the three Schubert song cycles with Mark Padmore, all for Harmonia Mundi,

Paul Lewis studied with Joan Havill at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, 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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