Statement just in from the Vienna State Opera and the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra:
‘After the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna dismissed a musician of the Vienna State Opera Orchestra and the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra as lecturer in April 2018 with immediate effect, the management of the Wiener Staatsoper released the musician from his duties – the management of the Vienna Philharmonic shared this measure.
‘The Wiener Staatsoper and the Vienna Philharmonic immediately started looking into the matter in detail and, throughout the following weeks and months, had dozens of conversations in different groups with musicians (as well as substitutes) of both institutions – bringing in legal and psychological advice. These conversations did not bring up any allegation relevant under employment or criminal law. Therefore, there is currently no reason for further suspension: The musician will resume his duties in the Vienna State Opera Orchestra from September 17th – the management of the Vienna Philharmonic shares this measure.’
The musician concerned is a principal player in both orchestras. Clearance by his main employers will enable him to appeal against dismissal by the university. Further comment would be injudicious. Please do no mention names in any comments you may make.