Music Establishments Worldwide Reduce Ties With Professional-Russian Artists

Russian cellist Sergei Roldugin (Photograph credit score: Sergei Chirikov)


Within the wake of Vladimir Putin‘s invasion of Ukraine, many artists and organizations world wide at the moment are dealing with repercussions for his or her continued help for the Russian regime.

Essentially the most high-profile case is that of conductor Valery Gergiev, who on the time of writing has misplaced engagements with the Vienna Philharmonic, Munich Philharmonic, the Lucerne Pageant, and the Verbier Pageant.

Gergiev, nonetheless, isn’t the one artist whose pro-Russian sympathies now include repercussions within the West. New York’s Metropolitan Opera lately introduced that it might not work with any Russian artists or organizations that help Putin. In keeping with Common Supervisor Peter Gelb, the opera home is prone to cancel its deliberate efficiency of “Lohengrin” subsequent month, which was to be in collaboration with the Bolshoi Theatre.

“Whereas we consider strongly within the heat friendship and cultural alternate that has lengthy existed between the artists and creative establishments of Russia and the USA, we will not have interaction with artists or establishments that help Putin or are supported by him — not till the invasion and killing has been stopped, order has been restored, and restitution has been made,” stated Peter Gelb.

Equally, Austria’s Brucknerhaus Linz has terminated all present and future engagements with cellist Sergei Roldugin, who is understood to be Putin’s shut good friend and godfather to Putin’s daughter Maria. Moreover, Rodulgin’s title appeared within the Panama Papers, which reported that he earned thousands and thousands of {dollars} via varied ventures related to the Russian authorities.

The Brucknerhaus has additionally ended its relationship with the Haus der Musik in St Petersburg, which Rodulgin at present manages. General, the venue introduced that it’s going to stop all engagements with artists and ensembles who “publicly defend the Russian strategy,” although its director Dietmar Kerschbaum pressured that Russian artists who took the non-public {and professional} threat of denouncing Putin’s actions would obtain his unreserved help.

“This struggle isn’t justified by something or anybody,” wrote the Brucknerhaus Linz in a press release. “Whoever tries this and thus stands on the facet of the aggressor and injustice, has no place on the phases of the Brucknerhaus Linz.”

The Luxembourg-based Worldwide Classical Music Awards (ICMA) have additionally lower ties with Moscow broadcasting outfit Radio Orpheus, a radio station that’s owned and operated by the Russian authorities. The station is not a member of the European Broadcasting Union, which prompted the ICMA to droop (however not cancel) the station’s membership.

“The jury members categorical their solidarity with the Ukrainian musicians affected by this struggle and sincerely hope that peace can be restored within the close to future — and the political scenario in Russia will enable us to welcome once more the Russian colleagues which contributed a lot to the success of ICMA,” wrote the ICMA in a press release.


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