The shows of a Russian pianist are canceled, even if he denounces the war in Ukraine

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Russian pianist Alexander Malofeev condemned the invasion of Ukraine. His shows are always canceled. Image: Lyudmila Malofeeva

Russian pianist Alexander Malofeev, 20, has condemned his native country’s invasion and war against Ukraine. But that did not prevent a series of his concerts from being canceled in Canada, from Montreal to Vancouver. Arts organizations cite the terrible toll of the war on civilians, expressing solidarity with Ukraine – and with Ukrainian members of their community and staff. But Malofeev’s defenders say he is being unfairly punished.

Malofeev had already arrived in Montreal for three dates with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, when the concerts were canceled.

The orchestra said it would not be appropriate for Malofeev to perform, adding “We look forward to welcoming this exceptional artist when the context permits”, according to the Montreal Gazette.

Malofeev expressed his disappointment through facebookapologizing to the public and saying his concerts had been canceled “for political reasons”.

“Honestly, the only thing I can do now is pray and cry,” the pianist said in another post this week. “It would seem that there are obvious conclusions: no problem can be solved by war, people cannot be judged on their nationality. But why, in a few days, has the whole world fallen back into a state where Everyone has a choice between fear and hate?

The famous young pianist said that he had often been asked to give a statement on Ukraine, but, he added, “I feel very uncomfortable about it and I also think it may affect my family in Russia”.

As he described the dilemma he now finds himself in, Malofeev added: “I understand that my problems are very insignificant compared to those of people in Ukraine, including my relatives who live there.”

After the Russian invasion, the OSM performed the national anthem of Ukraine, saying he “wishes to carry the universal message of music” and unite cultures. But after the Russian pianist’s performances were canceled, a commenter on this post asked: “If music is a universal message of peace, why are you banning Malofeev from performing? He is for peace and he is opposed to the war !”

In the United States, the Metropolitan Opera in New York recently abandoned Russian soprano Anna Netrebko upcoming performances, due to his longtime association with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Malofeev recently had his August performances canceled by the Vancouver Recital Society. Like many arts organizations, it is resuming live programming after a long pandemic delay. But he’s also dealing with the fallout of his decision not to host Malofeev.

The Vancouver Recital Society said he couldn’t “present a concert of any Russian artist right now unless he is ready to speak out publicly against this war.”

Malofeev then job“The truth is that every Russian will feel guilty for decades because of the terrible and bloody decision that none of us could influence and predict.”

In an update responding to this message, the Vancouver organization noted, “We are very grateful for his words.” But he stressed the need to show solidarity with Ukraine – and his willingness to stop “even a penny of the proceeds” from his concerts going to the Russian government.

The recital society also said that if Malofeev were to perform, it would likely trigger protests and the need for extra security.

“The truth is, many in our city don’t fancy this gig right now,” the Vancouver organization said.

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