A list of Russian artists speaking out against the invasion of Ukraine — Quartz
Russian artists, including many stars of the classical music scene, are speaking out against the invasion of Ukraine.
Here is a partial list:
Semyon Bychkov, driver: The music director of the Czech Philharmonic has released a statement encouraging Russians to speak out. “Silence in the face of evil becomes its accomplice and ends up becoming its equal,” he writes. “To be silent today is to betray our conscience and our values, and ultimately what defines the nobility of human nature.”
Eugeny Kissin, pianist: In a solemn video titled Notice of protestthe wanted soloist described Russia’s unprovoked invasion of Ukraine as a crime that cannot be justified.
Alexander Melnikov, pianist: The 48-year-old pianist expressed his shame at the actions of his government. Addressing the audience at a February 24 concert in Bochum, Germany, Melnikov said, “I’m furious with [Putin’s government] for making me feel guilty for being Russian – a feeling that has been with me for as long as I can remember.
Kirill Petrenko, driver, The Russian-Austrian conductor of the Berliner Philharmonic did not mince words in his criticism of the Russian attack. “Putin’s insidious attack on Ukraine, which violates international law, is a knife in the back of the entire peaceful world. It is also an attack on the arts which, as we know, unite beyond all borders,” he wrote in a Declaration of February 25.
Natalia Pschenitschnikova, soprano, flautist and composer: Speaking to the Classical Music Journal Van, Pschenitschnikova lamented the way violence affects generations: “I want to cry out on behalf of Ukrainian mothers whose children died in the bombings. In the name of Russian mothers whose children have been turned into invaders and murderers. But I cry in my name: Russia, stop this war! I don’t want this shameful and treacherous war!
Polina Osetinskaya, pianist: The famous pianist expressed his solidarity with Ukraine. “I ask Ukrainians and the whole world to remember that many Russians do not want and did not want this fratricidal war,” she said in a statement. Van magazine.
Daniel Trifonov, pianist and composer: The virtuoso pianist expressed his sadness at the toll of the war. Trifonov wrote on Instagram: “Every war is a tragedy. As a musician, I wish to bring comfort and peace in these difficult times.
The cultural sector seduces Putin
More than 17,000 Russian cultural workers have signed a petition calling on their government to “stop hostilities and withdraw Russian troops”. In the letter published on the arts blog Spectatorculture workers declared their solidarity with Ukraine and described the economic ramifications of the invasion:
Everything that has been done culturally over the past 30 years is now in danger: all international links will be severed, private or state cultural institutions will be mothballed, partnerships with other countries will be suspended. All this will destroy the already fragile economy of Russian culture and significantly reduce its importance both for Russian society and for the international community as a whole. It will be almost impossible to indulge in culture and art in such conditions.
In their view, the big cultural institutions are already taking a tough stance. Earlier this week, the Munich Philharmonic sacked its conductor Valery Gergiev for refusing to publicly denounce Putin’s invasion of Ukraine. And the Metropolitan Opera in New York announced that it would no longer work with any artists or institutions supporting Putin’s policies and quickly ended its permanent partnership with the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow.
Russian soprano Anna Netrebko, set to star in Giacomo Puccini’s Met production Turandot in April, denounced the war but argued that “forcing artists, or any public figure, to express their political views in public and denounce their homeland is not right”. For now, she remains cast at the Met, but her performances in Milan and Zurich have since been cancelled.