Something happened between the pianist and the Montreal Symphony Orchestra that prevented him directing the second half of a concert last week.
The orchestra says he withdrew from the performance ‘by mutual agreement’, Schiff says: ‘It’s a lie, political correctness, a major incident.’
Here’s a report in French.
We’re waiting to hear more.
I was at there. I thought then he was in his own world, and that the concertmaster was in charge. I guess we know why now. (It was also a pretty dull performance from Schiff. His encore piece was Bartok, & enjoyable. The rest: meh.)
— Judith Flanders (@JudithFlanders) November 1, 2019
2nd UPDATE: Orchestra hits back at ‘abrasive’ Schiff.