Rumours fly as racist French pianist falls to his death

Rumours fly as racist French pianist falls to his death


norman lebrecht

January 10, 2022

The French pianist Stéphane Blet died on January 7 in a fall from an apartment balcony in Geneva.

Blet, 52, made two well-regarded recordings for Philips and composed 300 works that were performed by Cyprien Katsaris, Idil Biret and others. He was a cherished student of the American pianist Byron Janis.

Moving to Turkey in 2016, Blet became increasingly prone to propagating racist conspiracies. In October 2020 he was sentenced in France to six months in prison for spreading hatred and antisemitism.

Turkish media report that he went to Geneva last week to visit a friend. Swiss police are treating the case as suicide. But a member of Blet’s family claims that he was in good health and planning a broadcast that evening. Others say he had financial problems.

The French racist Dieudonné has blamed his death on ‘the Jewish mafia’.


  • Ainslie says:

    “…the Jewish mafia.”

    It was the space lasers, I’m sure.

  • Emery says:

    we call this natural selection

  • Paul Dawson says:

    A racist named “God-given”. “God-taken-away” would be more appropriate.

  • E says:

    He makes the instrument sound
    Like a cimbalom in the earlier right hand trills…not all of them – he alternates.

  • Sue Sonata Form says:

    Such hypocrisy in these claims of racism and anti-semitism, since a huge cohort existing now in Europe is ostentatiously anti-Jewish from head to foot. But that’s OK because they’re a cherished minority!! Cough.

    • David B says:

      1. Racism is never okay. Regardless of whether you are a minority or not, France will prosecute people for inciting hate and racism.

      2. Even if we concede to your claim that there is “a huge cohort” or minority racists, that doesn’t excuse other racists like this man. Logic 101.

  • Fred Funk says:

    Obviously, his last performance fell flat….

  • Tom Phillips says:

    Oh, well, what a sad loss (not).

  • Steve says:

    If it was the “Jewish mafia”, surely he would be sleeping with the Gefilte fishes?

  • Gustavo says:

    I see a pattern here.

  • Mark Mortimer says:

    This is terrible- what a tragedy- can’t understand the flippant reactions here. Whether he was a racist or not (these things are open to conjecture)- his performance here of the Liszt Rhapsody is both brilliant & colourful- obviously a very talented pianist.