Classical Notes of Beethoven in David’s Presence

A free concert initiative will take place this upcoming Monday, 11 (7 pm) at the Galleria dell’Accademia (doors open 10 minutes prior to the scheduled start).

The statue of David by Michelangelo, will be a silent witness to the sounds of Beethoven at Russian pianist, Igor Levit’s recital. The event is in conjunction with the exhibition, ‘Tessuto e Ricchezza a Firenze nel Trecento: Lana, Seta e Pittura,’ (‘Sumptuous 14th century Florentine Fabrics: Wool, Silk and Paintings’ running Dec. 5 – March 18, 2018).

Despite his origins, Igor Levit grew up in Germany from the age of eight, where he acquired his piano knowledge and talent (Hannover Academy of Music). In 2009 by taking a Theatre and Media course, he received the highest final grade the college has ever awarded.

Training with notable professor Karl-Heinz Kämmerling and Finnish pianist Matti Raekaillo, Levit’s sound is clear, profound and resonant. 2005 saw the young pianist receive several awards in the Arthur Rubinstein International Music Society Competition for the following categories: Best Chamber Music Performer, the Public’s Favourite Artist and Best Contemporary Music Performer.

Some of the Beethoven works included in the schedule are:

Piano Sonata No.15 in D major, Op.28 (22 min.)

Piano Sonata No.13 in E flat major, Op.27 No.1 (15 min.)

Piano Sonata No.14 in C Sharp minor, Op.27 No.2 “Moonlight” (14 min.)

The initiative provides a perfect combination of both art and music. To see one of the best emerging new pianists (as deemed by The New York Times) perform the sound of Beethoven, don’t miss this one of a kind, musical evening.

With the Galleria dell’Accademia being the most visited museum after the Uffizi, millions of visitors pass through its doors every day just to see the David up close. This time, why not take the opportunity to appreciate the masterpiece yourself, for free. (karen gee)