Cellist Anastasia Kobekina Loses Live performance Engagement

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In mild of the battle in Ukraine and political debate round Russian artist illustration, Switzerland’s Ittingen Kartause canceled the March 20 appearances of Russian cellist Anastasia Kobekina and affiliate artist, Swiss pianist Jean-Selim Abdelmoula

This comes at the same time as Kobekina made clear on her social media that she opposes the assaults in Ukraine. “There cannot be any goodwill or enough cause to justify the sacrifice of human lives, to justify the battle,” she wrote. “I can’t and gained’t settle for that this battle is occurring my behalf as a Russian citizen. I’m devastated. This tragedy ought to be stopped as quickly as attainable. Peace ought to be restored.”

Additional, on the second day of the assaults, Kobekina had shared a video on Fb of her taking part in with Ukrainian live performance pianist Anna Fedora, posted with the hashtag #notowar.



The cancellation of Kobekina’s live performance has seen tickets returned, and people viewers members not requesting refunds, will see the worth of their ticket go towards the Swiss Solidarity “Assortment for Ukraine.”

“The rationale for this [cancellation] is the controversy surrounding the looks of Russian artists in present world affairs usually, because it was kindled at main live performance halls in Europe,” Ittingen Kartause wrote on their web site. “[The withdrawal of Kobekina’s concert] has triggered many controversial reactions, which we very a lot remorse.

“…The choice was by no means directed in opposition to Ms. Kobekina or in opposition to Russian artists usually,” they wrote. “[We] remorse that [Kobekina and Abdelmoula] should undergo due to our resolution.”

Kobekina was devastated to listen to the information. “Regardless of my public place, regardless that I have been dwelling in Germany for nearly 10 years, my nationality may very well be a cause for cancellation,” Kobekina advised The Violin Channel. 

“Music and tradition ought to assist us to unite,” she continued. “And I, as a Russian artist, particularly in these instances, [want to make clear] that I’m for peace and that I, like many others from my nation, are in opposition to this battle.”

Artists together with flutist Emmanuel Pahud, pianist Igor Levit, and clarinetist Nicolas Baldeyrou have commented their views on Kobekina’s Instagram submit of the problem.

Pahud wrote that though Ittingen Kartause launched an announcement relating to their resolution, “it nonetheless seems to be like a contortionist train, and [that] in the long run, [the] cancellation is far [more a resignation than a solution]…There may be not a lot else for us all within the arts scene to do than promote the artwork, and provides our assist and help to victims,” he concluded.



Heinz Scheidegger, Ittingen Charterhouse Basis’s procurator, advised Swiss journal Thurgaukultur: “We didn’t make this resolution flippantly. However when the discussions about Anna Netrebko’s engagement on the Zurich Opera Home had been occurring, it was nonetheless two weeks till our deliberate live performance with Ms Kobekina. We needed to decide…we additionally wished to ship a sign within the present state of affairs that issues gained’t simply go on as earlier than.”

In accordance with Kobekina’s administration, she will probably be performing a number of charity concert events – additionally in Switzerland – a few of which had been organized earlier than the cancellation at Ittingen Kartause. Proceeds from these will go to the individuals of Ukraine.

Controversies round Russian programming and artists proceed as orchestras and live performance promoters grapple with the most effective methods to help Ukraine and never unfairly deal with Russian artists who’ve publicly condemned the battle and distanced themselves from the actions of Vladimir Putin.


Kobekina was a prizewinner on the sixteenth Worldwide Tchaikovsky Competitors and achieved second place on the Enescu Worldwide Cello Competitors. In 2015, she gained Hamburg’s TONALi Competitors, the place she was loaned a 1743 Guadagnini cello and was lately a BBC New Era Artist.

At the moment finishing postgraduate research on the Frankfurt College of Music and Performing Arts with Kristin von der Goltz, she is a 2022 Borletti-Buitoni Belief award winner and performs on a 1698 Antonio Stradivarius cello, generously loaned by Stradivari Stiftung Habisreutinger.


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