“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.
As a prize winner of more than 15 international competitions, Matthieu Idmtal has been a guest at the main Belgian stages such as Bozar, Flagey, Handelsbeurs, De Bijloke, De Singel, Philharmonie de Liège,… 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), Brussels Piano Festival, Gentse Vleugels, Festival Musical d’Arcangues (France), Podium Jonge Musici, Brussels Chopin Days,…
In recent years, Matthieu Idmtal has established himself as a leading interpreter of the music of Alexander Scriabin, and gave several recitals entirely dedicated to the Russian composer.
He often performed for the European Scriabin Society, and was praised for his emotional intensity and deeply poetic and personal interpretations.
In September 2018 his first solo-CD appeared containing two major piano cycles of Alexander Scriabin, and very quickly received high critical acclaim such as: ‘This is definitely one of the better Scriabin CD’s of the last ten years’ (De Muze) or,
‘In a sublime way, he joins the beauty of sound with expression. His playing contains a variated and colourful toucher, supple phrasing, a natural rubato, pricesly elaborated dynamics, and a contagious imagination. Idmtal is a poet at the piano.’ (Magazine Stretto).
The CD received a five star review by the National Belgian radio station, Radio Klara.
Last seasons, Idmtal gave solo recitals and concerts with orchestra in Belgium, Italy, the Netherlands, France, Great Britain, Switzerland, Latvia and Spain.
In addition to his solo concerts, he is a sought-after partner to play chamber music; it has been ten years since he forms a very successful piano duo with pianist Anastasia Kozhushko. The pianoduo won several international prizes such as the ‘Youth ‘n Classic Prize’ (Belgium), ‘Concorso Internationale San Cristoforo’ (Italy), or the press- and publicprize at the International ‘Chamber Music Competition Almere’ (Netherlands).
Over the passed five years, Matthieu Idmtal has been working on an intense and regular base with violinist Maya Levy.
The duo Levy-Idmtal gave concerts thoughout the whole of Europe, and are considered as one of the rising stars of this young generation.
In 2017, they were awarded as ‘Supernova’, a prize given by the Belgian music critics, programmors, and classical music radio stations. The award would offer a concert tour through the whole country.
In the end of 2016, they recorded their first CD containing the complete violin sonatas of E. Grieg, which received unanimous positive reactions in the press.
The repertoire of Matthieu Idmtal ranges from the baroque period till music of nowadays, but he has always had a particular attention to (Post-) Romantic music, with Frédéric Chopin and Alexander Scriabin as main composers.
His affinity with the former made him create the Brussels Chopin Days: an international concert series dedicated to F. Chopin, of which Matthieu Idmtal is the artistic director since 2013.
He also makes a point of bringing lesser known works into the spotlights.
Performances of his pianoduo were selected for the compilation CD of the Klarafestival, and they often gave premières of new or unknown works.
For the 2019-2020 season, Matthieu Idmtal is invited to give solo concerts, chamber music recitals, or soloist with orchestra in countries such as Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, Lithuania and Belorus.
Furthermore, he is invited to be jurymember in several competitions, and will record a second CD with Maya Levy.
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 is thankful for the musical advice he was able to receive from artists such as Leonid Margarius, Sergei Leschenko, Leonidas Kavakos, Håkon Austbø, Renaud Capuçon, Mikhael Markov, Ralph van Raat, Boris Kushnir, Pavel Vernikov, Paul Biss,…