Igor Levit quits streaming

Igor Levit quits streaming


norman lebrecht

May 05, 2021

The pianist says he’s fed up with the medium that made his fame during Covid.

On becoming artist in residence this month at the Düsseldorf Tonhalle, he will do one more live stream from the hall, and that’s it. ‘I don’t need streams anymore, I’m tired of them,’ Levit told an online press conference.


  • La belle plus voix says:

    And we are tired of him.

  • RW2013 says:

    Streaming is so 20s.

  • Maria says:

    Who isn’t tired of all the streaming in general! No substitute for a live concert hall experience. Very unfair to point at Igor Levit with a personal jibe. Hard enough being a lonely pianist at the best of times but woth no real. Audiernce even worse. Then public expecting it all for free as well, with everyone getting scrutinised and it being replayed only to be criticised by the armchair experts who. know it all – and then musicians expected to live on fresh air. Rather listen to BBC Radio 3 where you are forced just to listen and not watch. But in general the profession has had it for a long time.

    • John Borstlap says:

      Conclusion: we need young generations of performers who understand what music is.

      • Peter San Diego says:

        I don’t think we lack such performers. Not *all* performers or composers are Klangkunstler. Not even a large percentage of them are.

  • erich says:

    …and we of him. Basta.

  • John Borstlap says:

    However, my fly on the wall tells me that he snapped a muscle while stretching to play the keyboard in a fashion that even Liszt had not foreseen (picture).

  • J. says:

    This is the article everyone should read about Igor PogorLevit: https://van-magazine.com/mag/igor-levit/

  • Gustavo says:

    Leave it

  • Jeffrey Biegel says:

    The year of 2020. Humanity forced into a corner. Many have perished, still a threat. When I created the first classical live-streams, it was for a positive use to broaden audiences using new technology. However, thanks to the expanded technology since then, we have been fortunate to use it to teach, get news, knowledge and awareness of the world happening around us. People like Igor, myself, and the daily mini concerts by classical turned pop legend Neil Sedaka, have embraced the virtual world for self-therapeutic expression and to better the lives of our viewers. Certainly not for personal gain. 2020 was a year of reaching out, making music and healing an emotional world in turmoil. Hopefully, virtual music will continue. My goal was, in 1997, to have a classical world online where someone in Paducah, Kentucky, can virtually attend a music event in Tokyo from their home, or office, etc. Let’s keep that alive, but hope public performances will indeed return as time marches forward. Stay safe.

    • John Borstlap says:

      All entirely true. Great comment. We are saved by the internet.

    • Greg Bottini says:

      Well, as my Mom always used to tell me, you should learn something new every day.
      I had no idea that Neil Sedaka (whose singing and songwriting I really enjoyed when I was a teen) was a prospective concert pianist! I looked him up on Wikipedia and read there that he studied at the Juilliard prep school and has played the classics for his own enjoyment ever since.
      Who’d a thunk it?

  • Eusebius says:

    Pavel Kolesnikov is a far better pianist than this clown and Pavel doesn’t try to shove his political agenda down your throat.

  • Edoardo says:

    not a great loss

  • Uncle Sam says:

    Some experts think Igor’s recent complete recording of the Beethoven’s sonata cycle is one of the greatest ever made. (If you don’t have 20+ minutes for the full clip reviewing and comparing other great recordings of the cycle – go to the Igor’s portion of it, at 17:50):