SEPF Guest Artist Dmitri Levkovich

Dmitri Levkovich

Dmitri Levkovich

First prize winner, 2006 Hilton Head International Piano Competition

“Dmitri Levkovich… takes music-making into another realm. He was boldly romantic… applying liquid phrasing and fervent propulsion. “
“He stressed extremes of dynamics, eerie sonorities, and whirlwind drama.”

Donald Rosenberg, Cleveland Plain Dealer | July 29, 2007

“Scintillating… everything was beautifully polished, fluent, and defined. Lyricism was elegantly shaded and reached ecstasy… expansive in phrasing; noble and passionate.”

Donald Rosenberg, Cleveland Plain Dealer | July 26, 2007

“The program from Canada’s Dmitri Levkovich confirmed this pianist’s poetic and rapturous personality… he offered thoughtful, fervent Rachmaninov, and intensely felt, sometimes impatient Chopin.”

Donald Rosenberg, Cleveland Plain Dealer | July 31, 2007

“His rapid-fire performance revealed the work’s orchestral conception—no surprise, perhaps, from a performer who included one of his own compositions in Sunday’s recital. Full of remarkable playing…”

Chris Waddington, Times-Picayune, New Orleans | August 1, 2006

“Levkovich brought an intense spirituality to his playing on Sunday -- a mood made most obvious in his incantatory reading of Messiaen… In a beautifully balanced program, he matched Messiaen's mystical yearnings for God with works that suggested the yearning loneliness of two composers who lived in exile from their homelands: Chopin and Rachmaninov.”
“…he conjured a golden sound, unfolding long, liquid passages and sudden bursts in a manner that reminded one that Chopin's scores often developed from keyboard improvisations.”

Chris Waddington, Times-Picayune, New Orleans | July 27, 2008

“Levkovich is blessed with a radiant physical appearance, confident craftsmanship, and a pleasant sound.”

Haggai Hitron, Haaretz, March 13, 2008

“ An artist of rare gifts… blond, extremely slender with an earnest and youthful face, Levkovich displayed a virtuoso technique that admits of no flaws – as well as the mastery and maturity that holds that virtuosity to absolute integrity in serving the music he chooses to play.”
“…passages that are imbued with massive sound and blazing accuracy carry their full weight in meaning and emotion. His shaping of each piece is breath-haltingly complete.”
“…one of the truly elect, an artist with technique, a ravishing touch, sensitivity, perspective and intelligence. Seldom do these qualities come together so compellingly.”

Erik Eriksson, Northeast Wisconsin Music Review | July 6, 2007

“A young pianist with a bright future.”

John Terauds, Toronto Star | November 21, 2003

“…the musical equivalent of Olympians… Levkovich is a gold medal athlete at the keyboard. His secure technique was used to great advantage.”

Leonard Turnevicius, Hamilton Spectator | November 2006

Ukrainian pianist saved the fourth program of the season from ship wreck
“….as if leaving a business card, Levkovich gave superb performance of Rachmaninoff’s Second Piano Concerto… spectacular display of virtuosity in the Blue Danube by Johann Strauss…...Both works won pulsating applause from the audience that completely filled the room.”

Jaime García Elías, Informador (Guadalajara, Jalisco) | March 8, 2009

“…..Pianists who concentrate on solo repertoire tend either to overpower colleagues or defer in chamber music. Levkovich maintained sure balances throughout the Brahms (Quintet), knowing when to assert, interact and support…..Levkovich managed the show (Strauss’ “Blue Danube”) with enormous panache, and more than a little charm.”

Donald Rosenberg, Cleveland Plain Dealer | May 13, 2010

“…….(with the Cleveland Orchestra and conductor Jahja Ling) Performing Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 2, Levkovich cut an alternately haunting and gripping figure, demonstrating complete control and intuitive understanding no matter what the challenging score threw at him.”

Zachary Lewis, Cleveland Plain Dealer | August 8, 2009

“……Levkovich has an elegant presence and engaging style at the piano. “

David Burger, Salt Lake Tribune | July 3, 2010