“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, Palais des Beaux-Arts de Charleroi,… 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, 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 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, and over the last five years he has been working on a very intense and regular basis with violinist Maya Levy.
Last year, the duo Levy-Idmtal was announced as ‘Supernova 2017’. By winning this prize, they received a concert tour through the whole of Belgium.
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.
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 artists such as Leonid Margarius, Sergei Leschenko, Leonidas Kavakos, Håkon Austbø, Geoffrey Madge, Mikhael Markov, Ralph van Raat, Boris Kushnir, Pavel Vernikov, Paul Biss,…