Philharmonie de Paris Cancels Valery Gergiev’s Concerts

By Francisco Salazar

The Philharmonie de Paris has canceled Valery Gergiev’s upcoming engagements.

The concert hall released a statement noting, “The invasion of Ukraine by Russia will bring the City of Music – Philharmonie de Paris to modify its programming in the coming months in solidarity with the Ukrainian people. Specific information on all cancellations and replacements will be communicated in the next few days, taking into account the instructions that will be given by the government. The concerts of the Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theatre and Valery Gergiev scheduled for 9 and 10 of April in the Grande salle Pierre Boulez are already canceled.”

These are the latest concerts canceled for the conductor after Carnegie Hall, Lucerne Festival, Rigala Jurmala Festival and his management cut ties with him for his relationship with Vladimir Putin. The Munich Philharmonic, Rotterdam Philharmonic, and Teatro alla Scala have threatened to fire him if he does not condemn the war. The conductor has thus far remained silent.