Slipped Disc reports that Igor Levit gave a concert last Saturday night in his home town Hannover for 150 Syrian refugees, invited from a nearby camp. Levit, 28, came to Germany as a child from the former Soviet Union.
‘We came to Germany in 1995 as a Jewish family on the refugee quota, but by plane and with a permanent residence permit,’ says Igor. ‘We did not go thousands of kilometers on foot, or take a boat across the Mediterranean.’
The Syrians, he adds, ‘have been forced through no fault of their own to give up their freedom, their lives, their homes, their belongings.’
The concert included Saint-Saens Carnaval des Animaux, for kids from the camp.
Igor is in Birmingham for a recital on 10 May.
Read an article (if your German is up to it!) in the Sueddeutsche Zeitung
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