Igor Levit shares 35k with a bus driver

Igor Levit shares 35k with a bus driver


norman lebrecht

September 13, 2021

The pianist will tonight be awarded the Lower Saxony State Prize, worth 35,000 Euros.

He will have to share it with the entrepreneur Edith Bischof, CEO of a bus company who has made it her mission to train long-term unemployed women as bus drivers.

Ding, ding.


  • Jan Kaznowski says:

    What is wrong with SD ? Levit is not really sharing with a bus driver but with a CEO who wants to do good in the world.

    The blog is losing credibility fast with these flash headlines

  • May says:

    They should just immediately donate Levit’s half to Annalena Baerbock’s campaign and cut out the middleman.

  • Mark Callan says:

    Is this intelligent in any way? The award is not being shared with a bus driver. Or are we meant to sneer at unemployed women being trained as bus drivers?

  • Mock Mahler says:

    The hunting of the snark has definitively reached home at Slipped Disc.

  • Gerry Feinsteen says:


    Still SD, ‘twas a misleading headline.

  • V. Lind says:

    This headline made it look as if Levit was donating part f his prize to a less fortunate person. In fact a jury determined the winners, and Levit and this lady were chosen. He had no agency in the disposition of the prize.

  • Mark says:

    I cannot understand why every prize that can be thrown at a musician is being thrown at Igor Levitt. The rewards of relentlessly self-serving “virtue signaling”? I wish he would subject himself to the same scrutiny he subjects everything else to.

  • Beaumont says:

    not ‘ding, ding’, but ‘accelerator – break – accelerator – break’