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. Last seasons, Idmtal gave solo recitals and concerts with orchestra in Belgium, Italy, the Netherlands, France, Great Britain, Switzerland, Latvia and SpainIn 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.
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.