Paul Lewis joined AYM in 2012 as a patron and is internationally recognised as one of the leading pianists of his generation. His concert performances and Harmonia Mundi recordings of the complete Beethoven Sonatas and Concertos and the Diabelli Variations have earned him unanimous acclaim from all over the world, culminating in 2010 with the honour of becoming the first pianist in the history of the BBC Proms to perform all five Beethoven Concertos in a single Proms season.
Paul emphasises his personal reasons for supporting AYM and why he has became a patron: “There has to be support for what you do and it’s essential that as many professional musicians as possible involve themselves in some way. The reason why AYM strikes a chord with me is because when I think of my own background, you are exactly the kind of organisation that I could have benefited from, so it’s emotional too: it’s something I’m very passionate about and I want to help in
any way I can.”
Paul Lewis studied with Ryszard Bakst at Chethams School of Music and Joan Havill at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, before going on to study privately with Alfred Brendel. With his wife, the Norwegian cellist Bjørg Lewis, he is artistic director of Midsummer Music, an annual chamber music festival held in Buckinghamshire, UK.