Munich Philharmonic Threatens to Finish Gergiev’s Contract as Chief Conductor

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As reported by Robert Braunmüller of the German information supply Abendzeitung, the Mayor of Munich, Dieter Reiter, gave Russian conductor Valery Gergiev an ultimatum: condemn Putin’s army actions by February 28 or have his Chief Conductor contract be terminated. 

The letter interprets to, “I’ve clarified my stance in opposition to Valery Gergiev and urge him to additionally clearly and indisputably distance himself from the brutal assault Putin despatched in opposition to Ukraine and now particularly in opposition to our accomplice metropolis Kyiv. If Valery Gergiev doesn’t clearly place himself right here on Monday, he can not stay the chief conductor of our philharmonic.”

“The present scenario in Ukraine considerations me deeply, the occasions since at this time shock me,” Reiter continues. “Kyiv is the accomplice metropolis of Munich and I’ve publicly positioned myself on this: With nice disruption, all of us needed to take notice that Russia is now waging an open struggle in opposition to Ukraine. I’m shocked by this barbaric act of Russian energy. Putin is pursuing his nationalist targets with all brutality and with out regard for human lives. This horrific, illegal aggression should be stopped asap. Our concern is very relevant to our accomplice metropolis Kiev, which, like many different locations in Ukraine, has already been focused. After all, we’ll present civilian and humanitarian help to alleviate the struggling of native individuals in one of the best ways doable.”

“Along with the Orchestra representatives of the Munich Philharmonic, I count on from you because the chief director of the Orchestra now to provide a transparent signal of distancing from the illegal assaults in opposition to Ukraine,” he concluded.

Gergiev has served because the chief conductor of the Munich Philharmonic for the reason that 2015-16 season, having carried out all of Dmitri Shostakovich’s symphonies and a cycle of works by Igor Stravinsky with each the Philharmonic and the Mariinsky Orchestra.

All through this tenure, Gergiev has publicly endorsed Russian President Vladimir Putin. In 2013, for instance, Putin gave Gergiev the Hero Of Labor of the Russian Federation Prize, reviving the Stalin-era prize in gratitude of Gergiev voicing his help in Putin’s election marketing campaign video.

Different organizations are additionally criticizing Russia’s assaults on Ukraine and calling on Gergiev to denounce the choice. The Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra has launched an announcement explaining that if “Gergiev doesn’t brazenly distance himself from President Putin’s motion in Ukraine, we’re compelled to cancel the live shows with him.” The Rotterdam Philharmonic Festivals group has additionally threatened to cancel the Gergiev Competition in September. It’s famous that concrete choices will comply with and be launched as quickly as doable.

Carsten Brosda, President of the German Theatre and Orchestra Affiliation, additionally launched an announcement condemning the army motion: “The Deutscher Bühnenverein stands in solidarity with all those that proceed to firmly imagine in these potentialities of various and peaceable coexistence, within the energy of artwork and the pacifying impact of tradition and who now should struggle for it.” You may learn the complete put up under:


Concurrently in different international locations, organizations are calling on Gergiev for related actions. In Italy, Milan’s Mayor Beppe Sala and Teatro alla Scala’s CEO Dominique Meyer are asking that Gergiev take a agency stance in opposition to the Russian invasion. In keeping with Milan’s information outlet Corriere della Sera, if Gergiev does not promote peace, his collaboration with the corporate can be over.

In New York, Gergiev was changed by Yannick Nézet-Séguin in three live shows with The Vienna Philharmonic at Carnegie Corridor, following threats of public protests if Gergiev had been to carry out. 

Moreover, The Vienna Philharmonic has formally eliminated Gergiev from the extra tour dates that had been initially deliberate in Naples, Florida. The substitute is to be introduced.


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