A conductor is fined for filming on a nudist beach

A conductor is fined for filming on a nudist beach


norman lebrecht

February 26, 2018

A Belgian conductor, living in Los Angeles, has been fined 5,000 Euros in Bordeaux for shooting videos last summer on a nudist beach.

The musician, 45, said it was a case of mistaken identity. He claimed he had not been to France in four years.

If the conductor did, by chance, stray onto a nudist beach, he probably mistook it for the latest Konzept opera from La Monnaie.



  • Vic says:

    OK. Let the baton puns begin please!

  • JoBe says:

    Belgian hypocrisy at its best. I am speaking about the news article. On the one hand, they call him an “internationally renowned pianist” and on the other hand, they censor his last name and blur his face. Any search for ‘Kristof + pianist’ turns out his name and he is indeed famous enough.

    • Brian says:

      It is odd that the article leaves his name incomplete and blurs out his face. Usually court documents in France are public record. Not that this appears to be such a drastic offense…

      • Max Grimm says:

        The article was published by a Belgian paper and is therefore bound by Belgian not French laws and regulations. The French articles on the matter mention his full name.

  • Alexander says:

    …he probably mistook it for the latest Konzept opera from La Monnaie…
    it’s hard to predict where the dreams of those modern conceptualists could come to, if, for instance, think of “Lucrezia Borgia” ( my favorite opera) or “Armida” 😉

  • Doug says:

    Can we finally begin to admit that the profession of “conducting” attracts these types?

  • Old Man in the Midwest says:

    This from Le Monde (and I translate freely):

    “Suspect escaped on pogo stick”

  • Malcolm says:

    One wonders how accurate the article is when one sees that the beach illustrated is a stock shot. The actual beach at La Jenny is isolated with sand dunes behind it and is miles away from any beach with buildings in the background.

    • norman lebrecht says:

      One wonders? Of course it’s a bloody stock shot! Do you think we wander around with cameras, allegedly like certain conductors, taking pics on nudist beaches. With which you are clearly much more familiar.

      • Malcolm says:

        You seem to have a problem with naturist beaches. I am surprised that an activity which is normal is so many European countries should trigger such a remark by you which seems to indicate that there is something wrong about my knowing about them. La Jenny is a wonderful family resort which we have been to on several occasions.

      • Saxon Broken says:

        Er..the point is he could not illustrate the story with a picture of the actual beach since that would be illegal. And it is illegal to take pictures because….