Q&A : Igor Levit didn't mind playing online when he couldn't play live
The Berlin pianist doesn't know what Beethoven was feeling when he wrote his masterpieces. He's seen as one of our era's best pianists and is friends with some – but not all – politicians.
BerlinIgor Levit is just 33 but already a classical music star. Framed by the 250th birthday of Ludwig van Beethoven, 2020 was supposed to be a banner year for him.
But then the virus hit and instead of appearing in the world's greatest concert halls with the world's greatest orchestras in Rome, London and New York, he spent the pandemic at the grand piano in his Mitte apartment, playing into a cellphone camera.