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It's common practice in the classical-music world - and an often annoying one - to introduce young soloists by reeling off a litany of their competition prizes, strung together like a list of battles won. But Igor Levit has been winning attention in the cutthroat arena of virtuoso pianists through a remarkable chorus of critical praise for his searching intellect and maturity of purpose - qualities that don't necessarily shine at competitions. Reviewing his Southern California debut last year, Los Angeles Times critic Mark Swed proclaimed: "He is the future." Igor Levit plays this Wednesday, Feb. 10, at Meany Hall, University of Washington. Part of the UW President's Piano Series.