MUNICH — Russian conductor Valery Gergiev was dropped by his administration firm Sunday over his ties to Russia President Vladimir Putin.
The 68-year-old Russian had been represented since December 2020 by Munich-based Marcus Felsner, who began his personal administration firm that yr after leaving Opus3.
“Within the mild of the felony struggle waged by the Russian regime in opposition to the democratic and unbiased nation of Ukraine, and in opposition to the European open society as an entire, it has grow to be unattainable for us, and clearly unwelcome, to defend the pursuits of Maestro Gergiev,” Felsner stated in a press release.
Gergiev is the music director of the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg, Russia, and its White Nights Competition, in addition to chief conductor of the Munich Philharmonic. The Hero of Labor of the Russian Federation recipient is near Putin and expressed help for Russia’s annexation of Crimea in 2014.
Felsner referred to as Gergiev “the best conductor alive and a rare human being with a profound sense of decency” but criticized Gergiev as a result of he “won’t, or can not, publicly finish his long-expressed help for a regime that has come to commit such crimes.”
The transfer by Gergiev’s administration comes simply forward of a Monday deadline Munich Mayor Dieter Reiter imposed on Gergiev to publicly denounce the invasion. If Gergiev doesn’t comply, Reiter has stated he’ll take away him as chief conductor of the Munich Philharmonic.
The Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra — which started an annual Gergiev Competition in 1996 — additionally stated it will drop the Russian’s deliberate competition there this September if he doesn’t cease supporting Putin.
Metropolitan Opera music director Yannick Nézet-Séguin changed Gergiev for 3 weekend performances by the Vienna Philharmonic at New York’s Carnegie Corridor. Gergiev will not conduct two performances with that orchestra this week at Hayes Corridor in Naples, Florida. And Carnegie on Friday canceled two Might performances by the Mariinsky Orchestra that have been to be led by Gergiev.
Felsner referred to as the severance of ties “the saddest day of my skilled life.”
Gergiev and a U.S. consultant, Doug Sheldon of Sheldon Artists, each didn’t reply to texts looking for remark.