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For Gilmore award winner Igor Levit, life and art entwine

Jan 3, 2018

Credit Credit Gordon Welters for The New York Times

A Russian-German pianist deeply interested in politics and human rights has won a major music prize, the the $300,000 Gilmore Artist Award.

He's not afraid to say what he thinks.

“What fascinates me about Igor is that art, life and politics are all one,” a close friend told The New York Times. “You have to understand suffering, the state of the world, in order to understand music.”