French ambassador plays in local Philharmonic

French ambassador plays in local Philharmonic


norman lebrecht

May 15, 2016

The French Ambassador to the Ukraine, Isabelle Dumont, has been seen playing in the cello section of the Kharkiv Regional Philharmonic, an act of pure diplomacy and no little pleasure.

Ms Dumont had considered becoming a professional musician before a different career beckoned. She still keeps up her cello practise.

Next posting, Vienna?

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  • Bruce says:

    It’s notable how often a musical background and foreign service go hand in hand.

    ( P.S. It’s “diplomacy,” not “deplomacy.”)

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  • Elizabeth says:

    Ambassador Dumont is a noble and highly dedicated representative of the French Republic and its values. More ambassadors should follow her lead in creating meaningful ties with their host country’s cultural life.