Pianist is thrown out of his own festivalmain
We’re saddened to read that Fazil Say, the controversial Turkish pianist and composer, has been fired as director of the festival he founded in Antalya. The town’s new mayor belongs to the ruling Islamo-fundamentalist party. Fazil, an avowed atheist, has been prosecuted in Turkey for the crime of heresy.
The mayor of Antalya has appointed the conductor Gürer Aykal as the festival’s new director.
Musicians should give it a miss.