Rotterdam Philharmonic Pressures Valery Gergiev for Statement

By Francisco Salazar

The Rotterdam Philharmonic is giving Valery Gergiev an ultimatum following the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

The orchestra released a statement noting, “The Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra and the management of Rotterdam Philharmonic Festivals (organizer of the Gergiev Festival) have taken great notice of the Russian invasion in Ukraine. In the case Valéry Gergiev does not openly distance himself from President Putin’s action in Ukraine, we are forced to cancel the concerts with him. The Gergiev Festival will also not be held in September.”

The new statement comes just hours after the Munich Philharmonic called on the conductor to make a statement and a day after the Teatro alla Scala also threatened to cut ties with the conductor due to his affiliation with the Russian president.

On Feb. 24, following mounting threats of protests, Carnegie Hall and the Vienna Philharmonic announced the Gergiev would not be conducting three planned concert.