So, George Soros, how do we save classical music?

So, George Soros, how do we save classical music?


norman lebrecht

June 13, 2022

Ivan Fischer has an after-concert chat in Berlin this weekend ‘with the genuine music lover George Soros’.


  • Andrew says:

    Forget about classical music. How do we save the world? Get rid of Soros. And his son. And Klaus Schwab. And the entire WEF.

    • Heril Steemøen says:

      Get rid of people? Very civilized. Because of some rather unspecified world conspiracy? How new!

      • J Barcelo says:

        I don’t care what music Soros likes; the damage he has done to American cities is frightening. In case you don’t know: he was the money behind getting District Attorneys and such elected in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Minneapolis, St. Louis and many other cities. Those DAs have allowed criminals to run rampant. They are ultra-liberals and very soft on Law and Order. I used to go to San Francisco Symphony concerts, but the downtown area is so filthy, violent, and unpleasant that I no longer will. Blame the Soros-backed and recently-recalled Boudin for it. So Soros likes classical music; so did Hitler.

        • Bill says:

          Violent crime is up at the same rate in Rural and Republican areas as cities in in the US. Is Soros responsible for that as well?

          • A Pianist says:

            No, no it’s not. Philly now has the highest murder rate in the country and reached its all-time high this year surpassing the 80s crack years. A Soros DA in action.

        • Dennis Jordan says:

          I guess Soros is the boogie man for the well informed Fox viewer Brilliant

        • Kyle Wiedmeyer says:

          Yeah, except Hitler definitely didn’t like composers who were of the same ancestry as Soros…

        • Heril Steemøen says:

          Interesting that that is what you think of when I suggest conspiracy theory. Boudin became District Attorney–however a bad one he may have turned out to be–in an election. He was voted in by the people. Good thing for Soros if he has done no worse deed than supporting, by legitimate means, someone who the people initially obviously also wanted.

        • Barry says:

          Philadelphia is another city with violent crime rates that are through the roof and that has a far-left Soros-funded D.A.

        • Westfan says:

          I have been to SFO concerts in recent years as well as other West coast cities, the problem of homelessness there is no worse than most other US cities. Soros has nothing to do with the issue.

      • Karl says:

        It’s not really an unspecified conspiracy. Soros has been funding the political campaigns of some very liberal left wing candidates who are pro-crime. San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin is the perfect example. He was finally recalled after doing tremendous damage to that city.

        • Heril Steemøen says:

          I doubt that Andrew or anyone think that the world would be saved if only political campaigns by very liberal leftwing candidates had a funder “gotten rid of”. It remains a unspecified world conspiracy as of yet, which is what could be expected of course.

          • Pierre says:

            Lack of knowledge, Heril, and unacceptable ignorance of FACTS will keep you blindfolded for life!!!

          • Heril Steemøen says:

            I’m well aware of the enormous amount of takes on the old anti-Semitic story of world governance, thank you very much. Retreating, whenever questioned, to saying that one man, who just so happens to be jew, holds other political views than you, does not help.

        • Graham says:

          I’m not an American and I don’t follow San Francisco politics. However, I doubt very much that any liberal candidates are “pro-crime”!

          Such comments make me question your credibility. Maybe they just have a different viewpoint on how to tackle crime!

          • Karl says:

            Prosecutors – even liberal ones – were quitting because his policies were so bad: “Prosecutors Brooke Jenkins and Don du Bain recently left their positions at the DA’s office, citing Boudin’s lack of commitment to prosecuting crimes as the reason for their departure.

            Holding a virtual press conference on Monday, the two announced that they were joining the Boudin recall campaign as volunteers, saying they believed the district attorney was putting the public safety of San Francisco’s residents and visitors at risk.

            They charged that his so-called “radical” approach to crime has resulted in releasing offenders without rehabilitation and placing them in a position to re-offend.”


        • Peter San Diego says:

          Political Action Committees and their funding power have been a blight for years. Soros has been funding campaigns of leftist politicians, but the likes of the Koch brothers have done much more damage in funding Trump and his ilk.

          A pox on all PACs!

        • Joe says:

          No one is pro-crime! (Unless they’re a sociopath…) We all want to reduce crime. There are differences of opinion on how to deal with this problem, but hopefully all on this thread love and want classical music to thrive…

          • Pierre says:

            Yeah, Joe, we still have to see how Biden punishes summer pogroms done by BLM and ANTIFA bandits!! No one has been prosecuted yet!!! Obviously Biden admin. IS pro-crime.

        • David Jensen says:

          How wonderful that someone so aggressively ignorant can still enjoy classical music.

      • Andrew says:

        Unspecified? Educate yourself. At least you’re correct about it not being new. Goes back to 1666, at minimum.

        • Heril Steemøen says:

          Well, there we have it: “globalists”, invisible stuff, “mainstream media”, and some Trump thrown in for the modern conspiracist.

      • Snark Shark says:

        Ask Hillary Clinton she’s the expert in that matter.

      • A Pianist says:

        Not unspecified at all. I was living in the UK when Soros got in trouble for meddling in the elections there for example, it was all over the mainstream media.

        Soros places investment bets that will make money if he sows chaos, then he sows the chaos. It’s worked out well for him.

    • Anon squirrel says:

      Keeping it classy. Way to bring Elders of Zion conspiracies over to a classical music website. So much for our last century or so of reckoning with Wagner, Orff et al

    • Dennis Jordan says:

      Refreshing take on Soros,never heard before, quite insightful

    • David Jensen says:

      The voice of cheerful ignorance speaks!

  • Melisande says:

    And the subject was …..?

  • Gerry Feinsteen says:

    I doubt he’d propose killing off Beethoven from concert halls and hiring AOC as artistic director of NYPhil, but I would believe it.

  • Peter says:

    Given his track record, in a few years, we will read: “How do we save classical music from George Soros”.

    • IP says:

      We are reading it now. Who do you think is behind decolonising musical notation, abolishing blind auditions, and every lunacy we have been reading about — and pays for it all?

      • guest says:

        Goodness, he actually has time to give his attention to the by-ways of classical music on top of everything else! I never knew. Meanwhile his sister-in-law is a big funder of Fischer’s Budapest Festival Orchestra – which doubtless has your heartfelt disapproval.

  • pvl says:

    Somehow I do not think that Zsa Zsa Gabor would’ve liked Soros spoke with her.

  • Rob Keeley says:

    Not a great look, Ivan.


    “How do we save classical music?” was the headline. Save it from what exactly? Extinction? Hardly. Although the percentage of people listening to classical music and attending concerts is said to be declining, the actual numbers are apparently rising because of the general increase in populations. Classical audiences comprise mostly older people, who have the time, the attention span and the money to enjoy the music. So as long as populations keep rising (and there can be no doubt they will), classical music will always have its takers. They may be in a minority, as they always have been, but it seems secure. As for money, which I assume is the Soros connection, classical music, like every organisation, institution and whatever else, will always want more, never less.

  • guest says:

    Is there any source for the picture, the headline, and the ‘story’? Soros and Fischer are Hungarians who both strongly oppose Viktor Orban, who supports Putin, so …

  • Peter Feltham says:

    Try stop trying to please ‘everybody’,it just doesn’t work.

  • Franz1975 says:

    Music doesn’t need saving, so hands off classical music. Don’t bring ideology (for example artificial inclusion via positive discrimination etc.) into classical music. Classical music just needs your money to lower the price of tickets and make it more affordable. That’s it.