Lipizer Worldwide Violin Competitors 2022 Excludes Russian Candidates

(Photograph courtesy: Anastasia Pentina/Fb)


Based in 1982, the annual Rodolfo Lipizer Worldwide Violin Competitors held in Gorizia, Italy, has withdrawn the invites of three Russian violinists for the occasion, citing the warfare in Ukraine as a part of their choice.

“Following the European provisions ensuing from the Russian-Ukrainian warfare, and following the instance of different worldwide competitions of assorted disciplines, we’re sorry to tell you of your exclusion from the forty first version of the 2022 Worldwide Violin Competitors,” wrote competitors president Lorenzo Qualli to the violinists. 

“We wish to reassure you that there is no such thing as a discrimination towards you as an individual. We belief that warfare disputes can be resolved positively as quickly as doable and peace can be restored. [When that happens], we can be completely happy to have you ever among the many opponents within the subsequent editions.”

Violinist Anastasia Pentina posted on her social media to precise her disappointment. “As an individual who grew up [and studied] in Austria, any manifestation of discrimination is unacceptable,” she wrote. “After I go to [a] competitors, I symbolize solely myself, my college, and my [teacher], Pavel Vernikov, who is among the greatest professors on the planet and was born and grew up in Odessa, Ukraine.”

After receiving Qualli’s letter, Pentina replied with questions relating to her exclusion — to which she is but to obtain a response — stating that Russian artists will not be barred from different prestigious worldwide competitions. Lidia Kocharyan was additionally one of many artists affected by the ban and equally posted on her Fb web page.



“It’s an incomprehensible and unacceptable selection that goes towards the very spirit of the occasion which has at all times interpreted music as an instrument of closeness between individuals, of overcoming borders and of human and cultural freedom,” mentioned Mayor of Gorizia, Rodolfo Ziberna, in response to BLN.

Moreover, the FVG Orchestra, which has historically carried out with the candidates of the competitors, introduced that they won’t take part this 12 months, in response to Intrieste journal.

“We made the choice without delay, upon our personal initiative together with our creative director,”  FVG Orchestra president Paolo Petiziol, instructed TASS information. “Excluding contestants merely for being Russian nationals is a critical incident.”

Whereas they’re ready for a response, the orchestra resolved that they’d take part as deliberate if the competitors modified its choice. Both approach, FVG “have secured the Gorizia mayor’s permission for the Russian violinists’ to carry out at one of many metropolis’s websites regardless of the competitors,” defined Petiziol.

Many cultural establishments have confronted choices whether or not or to not embody Russian artists because the warfare in Ukraine broke out in February this 12 months. Artists resembling cellist Anastasia Kobekina have equally misplaced live performance engagements as a consequence of her nationality.