Paul Lewis

"Lewis brought his customary intelligence and intensity…with endless shifts in colour and weight. The fearsome technical demands…were met with unshowy dexterity." -Tim Ashley, The Guardian
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Paul Lewis is one of the foremost interpreters of the Central European piano repertoire, his 
performances and recordings of Beethoven and Schubert receiving universal critical acclaim. He was 
awarded CBE in 2016 for his services to music, and the sincerity and depth of his musical approach have 
won him fans around the world.

This global popularity is reflected in the world-class orchestras with whom he works, including the Berlin 
Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, London Symphony, Philharmonia, Bavarian Radio Symphony, NHK 
Symphony, New York Philharmonic, LA Philharmonic, Royal Concertgebouw and Leipzig Gewandhaus 
orchestras. His close relationship with Boston Symphony Orchestra led to his selection as the 2020 
Koussevitzky Artist at Tanglewood.

With a natural affinity for Beethoven, he took part in the BBC’s three-part documentary Being Beethoven 
and performed a concerto cycle at Tanglewood during summer 2022. He has performed the cycle all 
over the world, including Boston Symphony Orchestra, Camerata Salzburg, Melbourne Symphony, 
Orquestra Simfonica Camera Musicae, São Paulo State Symphony and Royal Flemish Philharmonic 
orchestras, and was the first pianist to play the complete cycle in a single season at the BBC Proms in 
2010. Over the last 2 seasons Paul Lewis has been performing a 4 programme Schubert piano sonata 
series at over 30 venues around the globe showcasing the completed sonatas from the last twelve years 
of Schubert’s life.

Beside many award-winning Beethoven and Schubert recordings for Harmonia Mundi, his discography 
also demonstrates his characteristic depth of approach in other Classical and Romantic repertoire such 
as Haydn, Schumann, Mussorgsky, Brahms and Liszt.In chamber music, he is a regular at Wigmore Hall, 
having played there more than 100 times. He works closely with tenor Mark Padmore in lied recitals 
around the world – they have recorded three Schubert song cycles together.

Lewis is co-Artistic Director of Midsummer Music, an annual chamber music festival held in 
Buckinghamshire, UK, and this year is the Co-Artistic Director of Norway’s Lofoten International Chamber 
Music Festival up in the Artic Circle. He is a passionate advocate for music education and the festival 
offers free tickets to local schoolchildren. He also gives masterclasses around the world alongside his 
concert performances. He himself studied with Joan Havill at Guildhall School of Music and Drama in 
London before going on to study privately with Alfred Brendel. In 2021 Paul Lewis became an Irish 

Awards: Royal Philharmonic Society Instrumentalist of the Year; two Edison awards; three Gramophone 
awards; Diapason d’Or de l’Annee; South Bank Show Classical Music Award; honorary degrees from 
Liverpool, Edge Hill and Southampton universities; appointed Commander of the Order of the British 
Empire (CBE) in the 2016 Queen’s Birthday Honours

Recital venues: Royal Festival Hall, Alice Tully, Carnegie Hall, Musikverein, Konzerthaus, Théâtre des 
Champs-Élysées, Concertgebouw, Berlin Philharmonie, and Berlin Konzerthaus

Festivals: Tanglewood, Ravinia, Schubertiade, Edinburgh, Salzburg, Lucerne