Spivakov is doctored in Tel Aviv

Spivakov is doctored in Tel Aviv


norman lebrecht

May 13, 2015

The Russian violinist Vladmir Spivakov will be awarded an honorary doctorate tomorrow at Tel Aviv University. He stands, with Denis Matsuev and Valery Gergiev, in the front rank of Putin apologists. His US appearances have attracted human rights and pro-Ukraine protests.



  • Russophile says:

    Well, at least Gergiev has talent, so let’s not lump him together with Spivakov, although for sucking-up to the rich & powerful, Spivakov has NO equal — he has the brownest nose in the business.

  • Musicmatters says:

    After Putin came to power, Spivakov was baptized in the Russian Orthodox church, perhaps because he felt that as a Jew he would not have such easy access to Putin’s favors.