Igor Levit performs Beethoven’s ‘Emperor’ Concerto with French conductor Stephane Deneve and the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra. The German pianist makes his Hong Kong debut on November 21. Photo: AP
Igor Levit performs Beethoven’s ‘Emperor’ Concerto with French conductor Stephane Deneve and the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra. The German pianist makes his Hong Kong debut on November 21. Photo: AP

‘If the world burns, I can’t work anyway’: pianist Igor Levit on his activism, quitting Twitter, and his long-awaited first visit to Hong Kong

  • The Russian-born German is one of the world’s most acclaimed pianists, known as much for his penetrating playing as for his political activism
  • Explaining his stance, Levit says ‘Music connects people … but democracy is on the brink.’ He also looks forward to seeing Hong Kong when he plays in the city

Igor Levit performs Beethoven’s ‘Emperor’ Concerto with French conductor Stephane Deneve and the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra. The German pianist makes his Hong Kong debut on November 21. Photo: AP
Igor Levit performs Beethoven’s ‘Emperor’ Concerto with French conductor Stephane Deneve and the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra. The German pianist makes his Hong Kong debut on November 21. Photo: AP
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