We’re receiving reports from Korean media that Myung Whun Chung has resigned as music director of the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra with immediate effect. He will not conduct next month’s Mahler 6th, which was due to be recorded for DG.
The move follows a campaign of harrassment by the orchestra’s sacked CEO, Ms Park, who has instigated a police investigation into allegations that her dismissal was brought about by the maestro’s wife.
If the reports can be believed and Chung has quit, the effect will be to make Korea a no-go zone for artists of international standing. In a state ruled by hereditary elites, music cannot flourish. The sun has set on Seoul.
Editorial: Death of Seoul.
UPDATE: Chung attacks Park here.