Felsner Artists has dropped Valery Gergiev from their roster.
The management company noted in a letter, “Today I have informed Maestro Valery Gergiev that he is no longer a client of Felsner Artists.”
The letter added, “In light of the criminal war waged by the Russian regime against the democratic and independent nation of Ukraine and against the European open society as a whole, it has become impossible for us, and clearly unwelcome, to defend the interests of Maestro Valery Gergiev, one of the greatest conductors of all time, a visionary artist loved and admired by many of of us, who not, or cannot publicly end his long-expressed support for a regime that has come to commit such crimes.”
The news comes after Gergiev has been under scrutiny for his support of Putin in the past. He has been given ultimatums by the Munich Philharmonic, Teatro alla Scala, Baden Baden Festival, and Rotterdam Philharmonic to release a statement condemning the war. He has since been dropped by the Vienna Philharmonic, which is currently on tour in the U.S. Carnegie Hall has also canceled his upcoming concerts with the Mariinsky Orchestra.