Raw video of the alleged race incident at the Tchaikovsky competitionmain
Here it is.
Judge for yourselves if the conductor Mark Gorenstein was making a legitmate criticism of the contestant’s playing – or whether he crossed the line into racial abuse. The soloist is Narek Hakhnazaryan.
Here’s a rough translation.
“First thing. Do not worry about what he plays, this talent. Your task is to play what is written there in the score, and do it with me. Do not worry about this AUL that is presented here to us – this is Nashimoto’s cousin, I’ve seen it already. We don’t need this. Yes, play with me, please. Everything else is not your buisness. That first thing. Second – you play too loud. In Dvorak. You forgot, that this is not trombone. Whatever he whistles here, you should play softer than him.”
Gorenstein later apologised and withdrew from further participation in the competition.