"Rock Bottom" Navigating the Corona Crisis with Pianist Extraordinaire Igor Levit

In March, pianist Igor Levit agreed to allow DER SPIEGEL to follow him during his corona-lockdown house concerts and beyond. He didn't know at the time that his living room performances would both boost his career and weigh on his psyche.
Igor Levit playing a house concert during the coronavirus lockdown in his Berlin apartment.

Igor Levit playing a house concert during the coronavirus lockdown in his Berlin apartment.

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Comments during an Igor Levit livestream: Happy for every single note

Comments during an Igor Levit livestream: Happy for every single note

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Levit during his performance of "Vexations": As though he was sitting in the middle of a pile of rubble

Levit during his performance of "Vexations": As though he was sitting in the middle of a pile of rubble

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Levit performing in Salzburg: The opposite of a house concert

Levit performing in Salzburg: The opposite of a house concert

Foto: SF / Marco Borrelli
"Everything is being reconsidered at the moment, but what role does culture have to play? It's seen merely as entertainment that can be done without."
"You have to give people an outlook, otherwise they will fall into depression."
"They all have their problems, but they've done so much."
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