Yannick to Exchange Gergiev at Carnegie Corridor After Public Outcry

(Picture Credit score: Will Figg / The Philadelphia Orchestra)


From February 24 to 27, Russian Conductor Valery Gergiev was to guide The Vienna Philharmonic in three performances at Carnegie Corridor. Tomorrow’s live performance was to additionally characteristic Russian pianist Denis Matsuev. Nonetheless, a press launch has simply been issued asserting that Yannick Nézet-Séguin will as an alternative lead the orchestra and Matsuev shall be changed with one other soloist.

“Carnegie Corridor and the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra are immensely grateful to Yannick Nézet-Séguin for stepping in for these performances at very quick discover,” the press launch reads.

The information comes after Russia’s latest army invasion of Ukraine and the following political repercussions surrounding Russian President Vladimir Putin’s actions. As reported by NPR, activists who help Ukraine on this disaster had been planning to protest the Carnegie Corridor concert events due to Gergiev’s shut ties to Russia and Putin himself.


Gergiev conducting the Vienna Philharmonic in Frankfurt (Picture credit score: Benedikt Dinkhauser)


Gergiev and Putin’s relationship has been fairly public all through the years. In 2013, Putin gave Gergiev the Hero Of Labor of the Russian Federation Prize, reviving the Stalin-era prize in gratitude of Gergiev voicing help in Putin’s election marketing campaign video. Moreover, Gergiev at present serves as Normal and Creative Director of Russia’s Mariinsky Theatre — and was given the title of Folks’s Artist of Russia in 1996, plus three State Prizes of Russia in 1993, 1998, and 2015.

In 2014, alongside Russian soprano Anna Netrebko, Gergiev voiced his help for Putin’s actions in Donetsk, a metropolis within the Donbas area of japanese Ukraine. On the time, Professional-Russian separatists declared independence from Ukraine, leading to preventing with Ukrainian authorities forces.

This week, based on CNN, the Donbas area is on the middle of this present disaster, with Putin recognizing “two separatist territories in japanese Ukraine as unbiased states,” wherein the Kremlin are calling the Donetsk and Luhansk Folks’s Republics.

Moreover, pianist Denis Matsuev can be recognized to have sturdy ties with Russia and publicly endorsed Russia’s annexation of Crimea in 2014. He shall be changed by one other soloist but to be introduced.

This system for this weekend’s concert events will stay the identical. You should buy tickets, right here.

Different venues are questioning whether or not or to not have Gergiev carry out there. Milan’s Teatro alla Scala was to proceed to have him lead Tchaikovsky’s opera “The Queen of Spades.” Nonetheless, Milan’s Mayor Beppe Sala and La Scala’s CEO Dominique Meyer are actually asking that Gergiev take a agency stance towards the Russian invasion. In keeping with Milan’s information outlet Corriere della Sera, if Gergiev does not promote peace, the collaboration with the corporate shall be over.

Artists within the classical music trade are additionally beginning to share their views concerning the Russia-Ukraine battle — with Soviet-born conductor Semyon Bychkov issuing an announcement condemning the Russian assaults.




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