Germany honours Igor Levit for Covid activism

Germany honours Igor Levit for Covid activism


norman lebrecht

September 22, 2020

The German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier will award the Order of Merit to 15 citizens on October 1st.

‘The seven women and eight men have made an outstanding contribution: They help to cope with the corona pandemic, promote the merging of East and West and contribute to breaking down prejudices in our society,’ said President’s office.

Here’s the full list.


  • Gustavo says:

    Better than for blind actionism.

  • Fernandel says:

    Covid activism sounds pretty damn subversive.

  • Mock Mahler says:

    Those fifty-two ‘house concerts’ were among the few spots of grace and hope in the darkest days earlier this year. Levit actually DID something (which is activism) to bring light to our lives.

    I was an admirer before, but since March I have spent many hours listening to his playing–including the entire live Salzburg Beethoven Cycle (which, contrary to info, could be accessed in the U. S. during the initial feed).

    Levit’s recent CD releases, “Life” and “Encounter”, were both responses to dark events, innovative and beautiful.

  • Nick says:

    Activism is THE only thing that Levit is good at!