Just in: Valery Gergiev gets Covid

Just in: Valery Gergiev gets Covid


norman lebrecht

February 11, 2022

Russian media report that unchecked Covid infections among the Mariinsky orchestra have finally caught up with their master.

Tomorrow’s concert in Rome has been cancelled. Journalists were informed by the National Academy of St. Cecilia.

The soloist, Daniil Trifonov, has also tested positive.

UPDATE: Monday’s date at La Scala is also cancelled.


  • Joel Lazar says:

    No cover or assistant? Curious way to do business.

    • Tiredofitall says:

      If the conductor and soloist were positive, it only stands to reason that there were many other infections in the ensemble.

      It continues to be a curious time…

    • Novagerio says:

      They are mediatic products. Normal artists are no ticket-office bait…

  • Piano Lover says:

    He should ask his friend Poutine to cure him!
    Not a big loss!

  • John Borstlap says:

    COVID: the Curse Of Very Irrational Divas.

  • Bill says:

    “ have finally caught up with their master.”

    What, Putin has COVID?

  • Orchestra Musician says:

    Dear Mr Lebrecht, unfortunately the title of your article is not true. Although it is said that Gergiev and Trifonov have tested positive and the tour is cancelled, neither of them flew to Italy. Therefore, they did not get Covid in Rome as the title reads.

  • NYMike says:

    He’s supposed to come to Carnegie Hall with the VPO in late Feb. I wonder if he’ll make it.

  • Brettermeier says:

    Or maybe he didn’t want to be in a NATO country over the next weeks and needed a convincing excuse.

  • Steve says:

    Shocked (shocked!)

  • Gus says:

    A cancelled concert due to COVID, meanwhile Russia readies to invade Ukraine and a likely weekend of conflicts in Ottawa and Paris over vaccine mandates.

    Wall St shorts vaccine companies and Moderna bosses sell off shares.

    It’s all unravelling.

  • Michael Chai says:

    Thanks for taking the time to let us know

  • Sidelius says:

    Mr. Ennis: You should know that orchestras playing sans conductor only worked in the Baroque era and earlier, when they were comprised of maybe 12 to 20 people typically. For a modern orchestra many times that size to hold things together with no unifying leader is extremely improbable at best. That many people could not all agree on tempo, dynamics, etc. Not only would you have no precision, you would lose the interpretive inspiration of the leader. Why do you think nobody does it? For most listeners this is all obvious.

  • Dave says:

    I trust Covid will recover soon.