The New York Philharmonic has briefly severed ties with the Russian conductor Tugan Sokhiev — as a consequence of his stance on how music organizations have responded to the struggle in Ukraine. The orchestra clarified that whereas they don’t suppose it’s acceptable for Sokhiev to look in New York right now, they’ve maintained their relationship with him and he’ll carry out with the orchestra within the close to future.
Sokhiev not too long ago resigned from two of his main conducting positions, as Music Director and Principal Conductor of Moscow’s Bolshoi Ballet, and from the equal function on the Orchestre Nationwide du Capitole in Toulouse, France. The choice got here after the Toulouse orchestra’s administration requested that Sokhiev publicly make clear his stance on the struggle in Ukraine earlier than his subsequent efficiency with the orchestra.
In an announcement on social media, Sokhiev expressed his remorse that he had been “requested to decide on one cultural custom over one other,” and mentioned he was involved by a rising pattern of orchestras renouncing not solely musicians with hyperlinks to Putin but in addition Russian composers and music usually.
Deborah Borda, the New York Philharmonic’s president and chief govt, mentioned that whereas the group was comfortable to proceed programming music by Russian composers, they weren’t capable of proceed working with any musicians who had ties to Putin or his authorities.
“Out of regard for the present world state of affairs, and following discussions with Tugan Sokhiev, it has been mutually determined that Mr. Sokhiev’s performances with the New York Philharmonic, March 31–April 2, 2022, won’t happen,” the Philharmonic’s assertion reads. “The Philharmonic very a lot seems to be ahead to welcoming him subsequent season. He shall be changed by Anna Rakitina in her Philharmonic debut.”
“The choice with the New York Philharmonic was made mutually and Tugan Sokhiev is wanting ahead to his future engagements with the orchestra,” wrote Sokhiev’s supervisor Sylvie Bouchard.
“These are very nuanced choices,” mentioned Deborah Borda. “One can’t make blanket choices about this. It’s not black or white.”