Just in: An international cellist is fired for sexual offencesmain
A well-known musician has been suspended by the University of Stavanger after the Norwegian broadcaster NRK reported seven cases of sexual harassment of students.
The law prohibits NRK (and us) from naming the man, who is a professor at the major conservatoire in his home country and a regular performer in the UK. He is not a Norwegian.
He is accused of inviting female students to his room and plying them with alcohol before making sexual advances, repeating the process with those who first refused.
‘The person was immediately suspended from the post after the reports,’ says Stavanger Rector Marit Boyesen. He has subsequently resigned.
Report here (in Norwegian).
A principal cellist with the Vienna Philharmonic was fired on similar grounds two months ago by the University of Music. He now awaits the results of an investigation by the State Opera, which will determine whether he can continue to play there.