Breaking: Moscow fires famed conductorNews
The Russian National Orchestra has terminated its contract with its founder and artistic director Mikhail Pletnev.
Pletnev, its says, has lived since January 2021 in Switzerland and has become a Swiss citizen. ‘Since the end of 2020, there has been practically no creative contact between the orchestra and its artistic director,’ according to the orchestra management.
Recently, the Russian authorities fired Pletnev’s trusted RNO director Svetlana Rips, replacing her with Irina Shigoreva. Pletnev, who has refrained from comment about the Ukraine war, is assembling a new orchestra of Russian expatriates.
Mother Russia has just burned another of its cultural assets.