The US violinist Thomas Suarez is back on the rant with a talk at the School of Oriental and African Studies in which he called Israel a ‘racist, fascist cult’ and likened Zionism to Nazism.
Suarez, a sometime player in the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and the Metropolitan Opera orchestra, has previously organised protests in the UK against the Israel Philharmonic.
Questions are being asked as to why he was invited to expressed such biased views at a recognised university.
UPDATE: The IPSO has ruled that the Daily Mail’s report of Suarez’s speech quoted here was inaccurate and distorted. You may read the IPSO ruling here. The JC has published a correcton here. We accepte that the statements contested by Mr Suarez are unfounded.
From a book cover: Thomas Suárez studied violin with Louise Behrend, Ivan Galamian, Felix Galimir, and Josef Gingold. A former member of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, he has worked with several of New York City’s major orchestras, including the American Composers’ Orchestra and the American Symphony Orchestra, and has held principal positions at the Spoleto Festival in Italy and with the orchestra at the Metropolitan Opera House playing for international ballet companies. As chamber musician he has toured through Japan, Southeast Asia, Morocco, and Micronesia, and held a quartet residency at Sarah Lawrence College.