The Notos Quartet, winners of a 2017 ECHO award, have sent it back after the 2018 prize was given to a pair of rappers making an Auschwitz joke.
The Notos said today:
‘Until recently, the ECHO was in our eyes the biggest music prize in Germany. But the fact is, this prize now tolerates racism and gves it a public platform. We are deeply shocked by … the mockery of victims of the holocaust
‘Therefore we wish to distance ourselves from the award and give our ECHO back.
Kurt Voormann, who received a lifetime achievement award, has also sent it back.
The organisers of the award appear to be running well behind the general outrage.
UPDATE: Igor Levit returns his award.
UPDATE: Fabio Luisi: ‘They mock the suffering of millions’.