Khatia cancels Hollywood Bowl for Eiffel Tower

Message from the LA Phil:

Khatia Buniatishvili has withdrawn from the previously announced Dudamel Conducts Rachmaninoff at the Hollywood Bowl on Thursday, July 12, at 8pm due to illness. Pianist Behzod Abduraimov will perform in her place.

Message from Paris Match, circulated by Khatia:

: Khatia Buniatishvili – la vedette du concert du 14 juillet à la Tour Eiffel! : Khatia Buniatishvili – the star of the concert at the Eiffel Tower on the 14th of July!

On July 14, France will mark its independence with what it hopes will be a World Cup win. Where would any pianist rather be?

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  • You’d think venues would exercise more care when using the old “illness” excuse. It only works if the artist can play along.

    • That she is expected to play at 14th July in Paris does not necessarily mean that she is not or has not been ill. Just one possible example (just my own phantasy): If she has or had an ear infection she might not have been able to travel by aircraft. However, she might still be able to play the piano. Since she is living in Paris she can play in Paris but could not in L.A. As far as I know Ms Buntiashvilli is not known for last minute cancellations.

  • Ahem… Independence? Really? Like in the US? Independence? Is that what July 14 is for? Never heard of the Bastille or the Fete de la fédération, huh?

    (Sorry for the snark; I just couldn’t resist)

  • Disappointed. Been listening to and loving Khatia for several years now. Spent more time and $ than I would have to be here at the Hollywood bowl (right now) had I known. If she is truly ill, I wish her the best.

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