“Matthieu Idmtal is a poet at the keyboard. With highly mastered pianissimi he forced his audience to hold their breath, while no single note sounded superficial. When he continued his journey with Chopin he impressed by his undoubtable talent for lyricism, and a spontaneity reminiscent of the masters at the beginning of the twentieth century. A romantic through and through. “
It is clear that Matthieu Idmtal has become an established name on national and international stages.
Press and public have witnessed his distinctive musical personality, and have praised his highly sensitive interpretations.
Over the years he has been a guest at the main Belgian stages such as Bozar, Flagey, Handelsbeurs, De Bijloke, De Singel, Capitole,… and made part of international festivals such as the Klara Festival, Festival Musiq’3, Les Sommets du Classique (Switzerland), Musicales and Côte Chalonnaise (France), Les Sommets Musicaux de Gstaad (Switzerland), Gentse Vleugels, Podium Jonge Musici, Brussels Chopin Day, Ce n’est pas Classique (France),…
Last seasons, he gave solo recitals and concerts with orchestra in Belgium, Italy, the Netherlands, France, Great Britain, Switzerland and Spain.
In addition to his solo concerts, he is a sought-after partner to play chamber music; it has almost been 10 years since he forms a very successful piano duo with pianist Anastasia Kozhushko, and over the last 3 years he has been working on a very regular basis with violinist Maya Levy.
The duo Levy-Idmtal was recently announced as ‘Supernova 2017’. By winning prize, they will have a tour of concerts through the whole of Belgium. In the end of 2016, they recorded their first CD with the complete violin sonatas of E. Grieg.
The repertoire of Matthieu Idmtal ranges from the baroque period till music of nowadays, but he has always had a particular attention to Russian and Romantic music, with Alexander Scriabin as main composer.
He also makes a point of bringing lesser known works into the spotlights.
A live performance of his piano duo with works of the contemporary composer A. Rosenblatt was selected to be part of the compilation CD of the Klara Festival, and the concert was broadcast on Radio Klara.
Matthieu Idmtal has successfully participated in various competitions.
In 2010 he won the 2nd Prize at the Piano Competition “Andrée Charlier”.
In 2011 he became laureate at the Concours de Piano de Liège, won the Rotary Club Prize of Charleroi, and received the 3rd prize at the International Music Competition in Verona (Italy), with his piano duo.
In 2012 he won the 2nd Prize at the Piano Competition “Grand Dominique” (Netherlands), and a 3rd Prize at the “Concorso Internazionale Premio Franz Schubert” (Italy), with his piano duo.
In 2013, his piano duo won the 1st Prize at the Competition “Youth ‘n Classic”, and a few weeks later they won the Friends Prize, and the Public Prize at the International Chamber Music Competition Almere (Netherlands).
In 2014 and 2015 he won several 1st Prizes in a series of competitions in the Netherlands (Vught Klassiek, Guldenberg Klassiek, Ulvenhart Klassiek, Rivierenland Klassiek,…) He also won the Press Prize and the Prize for the best interpretation of a contemporary work.
In 2016, he became the first prize winner of the International Pianocompetition ‘Koffie bij de Piano’ in Den Bosch (the Netherlands).
Matthieu began his musical training at the age of 7 with Frima Nakimovitch, and at the age of 10 he gave his first concert. After a few years he continued his studies with Maria Andreeva. The bulk of his training he worked with Vitaly Samoshko which he regards as his most significant teacher.
From 2014 to 2015 Matthieu made part of the Young Master Pianists, an organization based in Amsterdam, which selectively chosen pianists under the musical and artistic guidance of Geoffrey Madge.
Over the years, Matthieu has shared the stage with musicians such as Pierre-Alain Volondat, Alexander Moguilevsky, Bomsori Kim, Dirk Brossé, Vitaly Samoshko,… and had the chance to receive advice from great pianists and artists like Mikhael Faerman, Leonid Margarius, Sergei Leschenko, Geoffrey Madge, Mikhael Markov, Ralph van Raat, Håkon Austbø, Boris Kushnir, Pavel Vernikov, Paul Biss, Miriam Fried, …