The letter published below has been circulated among conservatory directors and artist managers. We have withheld the names of those involved but are sharing the account, with the author’s permission, in order to illuminate a common hazard at summer courses and to urge musicians to take suitable precautions.
The alleged perpetrator, a well-known performer in mid-career, has been the subject of previous accusations. The director of the conservatory where the incident took place failed to respond. The police have been informed. Here is the email, suitably redacted:
I must inform you that on August 29, 2015, at around 12 noon, your colleague X sexually assaulted my partner Y, student of this masterclass. After explicit advances … she tried to leave but he blocked the door of his classroom and started to touch her body, threatening not to play with her at the concert if she would not allow him to do what he wanted. This abusive and threatening situation lasted for about 20 minutes as his young students waited outside the door. After a struggle, he lunged and broke her necklace. Finally, after having forcefully pushed him aside, she was able to exit from the classroom.
We informed the organization of this masterclass and we are deciding if it is worthwhile to denounce X to the Police.
It might be wise to ensure that Mr. X’s behaviour with students at your conservatoire is fine.
Both Y and I are available to give you more details if needed.
(image unrelated to this incident)