Daniel Lebhardt


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Daniel Lebhardt won 1st Prize at the Young Concert Artists auditions in Paris and New York in 2014. Awarded the Most Promising Pianist prize at the 2016 Sydney International Piano Competition, future engagements include recitals at the Louvre in Paris, Wigmore Hall and Liszt Museum in Budapest.

In 2014, at the age of 22, Daniel Lebhardt won 1st Prize at the Young Concert Artists auditions in Paris and New York. A year later he was selected by Young Classical Artists Trust (YCAT) in London and in 2016 won the Most Promising Pianist prize at the Sydney International Piano Competition.

Over the last year Daniel has given debut concerts at Merkin Concert Hall and Morgan Library in New York, the Kennedy Center in Washington DC, Gardner Museum in Boston, the Usedomer Festival, Palais Lichtenau in Potsdam, Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and Steirisches Kammermusikfestival. As a soloist he performed Rachmaninov’s Concerto No. 2 with the Auburn and Dearborn Symphony Orchestras in Washington and Michigan. In 2015 he recorded music by Bartók for Decca and attended IMS Prussia Cove working with Ferenc Rados.

Future engagements include recitals at the Louvre in Paris, Wigmore Hall, Liszt Museum in Budapest, the Oxford International and Nottingham International Piano Series. Further afield he undertakes tours of China, Argentina and Chile, and gives concerts in Seattle, Florida and Toronto. He continues to give recitals throughout the UK.

Born in Hungary, Daniel studied at the Franz Liszt Academy in Budapest with István Gulyás and Gyöngyi Keveházi and at the Royal Academy of Music in London with Pascal Nemirovski. He has participated in masterclasses with Alfred Brendel, Leslie Howard, Natalia Trull, Maxim Vengerov and Mikhail Voskresensky.  

International awards include 1st Prize at the 2009 Russian Music Competition in California, 2nd Prize at the 2011 Lagny-sur-Marne International Competition in France and 5th Prize at the 2013 China International Piano Competition.

As a chamber musician, Daniel regularly collaborates with violinist Benjamin Baker. He took part in the BBC Proms Composer Portrait of Olga Neuwirth broadcast by BBC Radio 3 in 2012 and has given recitals with clarinettist Mark van der Wiel (principal of Philharmonia Orchestra).  

At the YCA Auditions Daniel was also awarded the Paul A. Fish Memorial Prize and four concert prizes: the Usedom Music Festival Prize, the Buffalo Chamber Music Society Prize, the Hayden’s Ferry Chamber Music Series Prize, and the Paramount Theatre Prize.

Press reviews

“Mr Lebhardt is a stylist at the keyboard.”

Daily Info / Holywell Music Room / June 2017

“Daniel Lebhardt Shows Daring Command in a New York Debut: Liszt’s visionary Sonata in B minor is an epic fantasy lasting nearly 30 minutes, shifting from bursts of wildness to passages of profundity. Just playing it commandingly, as Mr. Lebhardt did, is difficult enough. He brought narrative sweep and youthful abandon to the piece, along with power, poetry and formidable technique. ”

New York Times / Merkin Concert Hall NY / March 2016

“Pianist Daniel Lebhardt's powerful playing is 'Gift' to full house at Kleinhans: Sunday’s “Gift to the Community” recital (sponsored by the Buffalo Chamber Music Society) showcased Daniel Lebhardt, a young pianist with substantial technical chops and an impressive tally of wins in numerous prestigious international competitions. The audience at Kleinhans (a full house) responded to his playing with standing ovations and bounteous applause after every piece played. He began by whipping into gear with a steely fingered approach to the opening Allegro vivace of Beethoven’s Sonata No. 16 in G major (Op. 31, No. 1)....this was a good way to lead into the next work on the program, the premiere of Tonia Ko’s “Games of Belief.” Ko is this season’s Young Concert Artist Composer in Residence, and she wrote this score specifically for Lebhardt. It took into account his prodigious skills and meshed them with her own distinct approach to create an interesting work…. Franz Liszt’s massive and powerful Sonata in B minor was, in many ways, a perfect topper for the concert….It is inarguably a great piece, one that seems tailor-made for Lebhardt and one that he embraced. ”

Buffalo News / February 2016
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