Igor Levit joins attack on racist ECHO award

Igor Levit joins attack on racist ECHO award


norman lebrecht

April 17, 2018

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.’



  • Wolfgang Schaufler says:

    Bravo! ECHO is dead and smells ugly …

    • 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.

    • Sue says:

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

  • Caravaggio says:

    Bravo to Herr Levit

  • 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.

  • Wolfgang Schaufler says:

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

  • 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.

  • esfir ross says:

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