Igor Levit joins attack on racist ECHO award

April 17, 2018 by norman lebrecht


The German pianist has come out in support of the Notos Quartet, who gave back their 2017 Echo prize after the 2018 award went to a pair of rappers with an Auschwitz line. Igor has returned the ECHO he received in 2014.

He tweets: ‘It is unbearable that antisemitic slogans are heard on such a platform and an award. It is impossible for me to keep the Echo Klassik, which I received with great pride in 2014.’


Comments (15)

  1. Wolfgang Schaufler says:

    Bravo! ECHO is dead and smells ugly …

    1. universal-edition-lover says:

      Dear Wolfgang, do you really want to see ECHO dead ? Never heard such a strange comment by you. i don’t – we need such events to represent the classical music world for society. But in any case the award to those Rapper/Gangsters was a wrong desicison and there should be some reaction against those stupid antisemitic comments.

    2. Sue says:

      I read “bravo echo” and thought it was the NATO phonetic alphabet!!

  2. Caravaggio says:

    Bravo to Herr Levit

  3. Suzanne says:

    Conductor Enoch zu Guttenberg just gave his prize (2008) back, every few hours a new artist announces the same. The ECHO has succeeded in making itself worthless, a pariah in the world of music prizes.

  4. Wolfgang Schaufler says:

    Frank Zappa: “Jazz is not dead, it just smells funny” … ECHO is different 😉

  5. Schwalbe Hochküst says:

    Mr. Levit is against antisemitism, but applaudiert unlimited influx of migrants from the most antisemitic parts of the world. Well. Give with one hand, take with the other.

    1. Sue says:

      It’s called “inconsistency” or “hypocrisy”. Maybe just ideological, at the end of the day.

    2. Petros Linardos says:

      I suppose by “migrants” you are referring to refugees who flee war or persecution.

      1. Hilary says:

        and the proportion who are homophobic and anti Semitic may modify their outlook as a result of assimilating into this society and seeing how nice these people are.

        1. Petros Linardos says:

          More like 40%? “UNHCR said only 4,808 were granted asylum in Italy and 40% of the arrivals were found to be in need of international protection.”

          1. Schwalbe Hochküst says:

            “In need of international protection”. This is a wishy-washy categorie. Refugees are in need of international protection, this is the definition of refugee. So how can you be in need of international protection, and still not be a refugee.

    3. esfir ross says:

      So called anti-semitics countries where semites live and speak Arabic-semit language.

  6. esfir ross says:

    My comment about Igor Levitt do anything to get publicity and being a hypocrite was deleted. Why?

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