Here are the immediate consequences of Myung Whun Chung’s forced resignation today as music director of the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra.
1 The orchestra will lose its Deutsche Grammophon contract, along with its international exposure.
2 The search for a new music director, starting immediately, will attract no competent maestros – both because they are unavailable at short notice and because they won’t want to get buried in a political quagmire.
3 The quality of the orchestra will decline. Chung was a disciplinarian who rotated positions when the playing failed to meet his standards. That’s all over now.
4 Foreign soloists and their agents will think twice about accepting engagements in Seoul.
5 Oblivion beckons.
And all because of one vindictive, well-connected woman whose conduct since her dismissal as CEO suggests that the grounds for her sacking – bullying and staff harrassment – were fully justified.