29 April 2020

House concert by Igor Levit:
a message to the survivors. Joint action by the pianist and the International Auschwitz Committee
Igor Levit - fot. Boris Buchholz

On 12 March the pianist Igor Levit began streaming performances every evening at 7pm on twitter (@igorpianist) and Instagram (igorpianist) to boost the spirits and relieve the loneliness of many people during the Covid-19 outbreak.

And now, in cooperation with the International Auschwitz Committee, Igor Levit has decided to make a special gesture: On Wednesday 29 April, the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Dachau concentration camp, he is dedicating his house concert to all the survivors of the German concentration and extermination camps in honour of their decades of educational work as witnesses of the times, and for their intrepid defence of democracy in face of increasing far-right extremist and anti-Semitic hatred.

In Berlin Christoph Heubner, Executive Vice President of the IAC, commented on the joint initiative by the pianist and the International Auschwitz Committee as follows: “During these days and weeks when the world is commemorating the 75th anniversary of their liberation, the survivors are suffering especially under the enforced solitude and isolation from their loved ones, fellow sufferers and friends. This is why the artist is attaching particular importance to this message expressing solidarity and gratitude towards the very elderly survivors and the memory of their murdered families. The International Auschwitz Committee is very grateful to Igor Levit for his unique artistic support and his encouragement for the survivors. Igor Levit is an inspiring emotional and intellectual ambassador for the diversity and values of democracy. He also stands solidly beside the survivors of the concentration and extermination camps when expressing his anger at populist ignorance, conspiracy theories and new right-wing extremist hatred. He defends democracy with courage, creativity and a zest for life, and he motivates many people with his decisive stance: For this reason the International Auschwitz Committee awarded him the B Sculpture (The Gift of Remembrance) on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz. In addition to this, Federal President Frank Walter Steinmeier recently invited Igor Levit to perform at his house concert in Bellevue Palace on 2 April.”

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