17-year-old pianist Yoav Levanon signs an exclusive contract with Warner Classics

09 August 2021
By Ellie Palmer
The Israeli-French pianist will include Liszt, Schumann, Chopin and Mendelssohn on his debut album with the label.

Warner Classics have announced the signing of young pianist Yoav Levanon to their label.

Aged 17, Levanon has already made a remarkable start to his career. Having won numerous international prizes, he has played on prestigious stages all over the world with high-level partners, and has received an enthusiastic welcome from both the public and the critics, who salute his extraordinary musical maturity.

At just 5 years old, he became the winner of his first National Piano Competition in Israel, and at 6 he won his first Gold Medal at an International Piano Competition in the USA before continuing to make his orchestral debut with the Israel Chamber Orchestra at the age of 7.

At the age of 11, he gave the first Chopin Concerto under the direction of conducted Daniel Oren who said of him: "This child's depth is indescribable... The way he sings, the poetry of this boy is extraordinary, truly extraordinary! And he captivates the audience.” 

For his first CD with Warner Classics, Yoav Levanon has chosen a well thought-out programme built around the donors who made it possible to build the famous monument to Beethoven in Bonn: Liszt, Schumann, Chopin and Mendelssohn wrote works whose proceeds would go towards financing this statue, inaugurated in 1845 to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the composer's birth.

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Bertrand Castellani, Vice President of Warner Classics, comments, "We have been following this child prodigy for several years now, watching his artistic temperament develop, as the prodigy to becomes an artist... We are very happy to start a long-term collaboration with Yoav today, and wish to accompany him to the top."

Levanon comments, "I am very excited to become part of the Warner Classics family. I feel very warm-welcomed by an exceptional team of professionals, that are open minded and care for me as an artist and as a person. It is a great honour to be accompanied by such a wonderful team and I look forward to a long term of an enjoyable and fruitful collaboration."