The irrepressible Ukrainian-US pianist has turned up in Toronto, insisting that she will find a space to perform in on Thursday and Friday night, when she should have been appearing with the symphony orchestra.
She told the Globe and Mail today that her agent – Tania Dorn at IMG Artists – had an email from the TSO saying a Ukrainian donor had threatened to pull his funding if the anti-Kiev pianist appeared with the orchestra. The TSO’s boss Jeff Melanson duly fired Lisitsa.
If this email is fully validated, Melanson and the TSO will be disgraced for allowing financial pressure to override their evidently fragile artistic independence.
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