A cellist in Ivan Fischer’s orchestra has a US problemmain
The Budapest Festival Orchestra is due to fly to the US tomorrow.
On the eve of departure, an Iraq-born cellist who has lived in Hungary since 1985 was told by US consular officials that he could not fly.
Conductor Ivan Fischer called the State Department for ‘a long conversation’.
The US Embassy in Budapest later confirmed that the ban did not apply to those holding dual nationality. The cellist has Hungarian citizenship, so the orchestra can now fly to the US with all its members.
Report here (in Hungarian).