Wiener Konzerthaus Cuts Ties with Teodor Currentzis

By Francisco Salazar

The Wiener Konzerthaus has announced that it has cut ties with Teodor Currentzis.

In a recent interview with intendant Matthias Naske said, “You know about my good old relationship with Teodor Currentzis; however, you will no longer find the conductor in next season’s programme. This is no coincidence, but the result of an intense, painful process of reflection. Currentzis still does not comment on the Ukraine war.”

He added, “I had asked him for a statement, which has not come to this day. The political dimension of this silence is so great that we have decided to refrain from engaging Currentzis from the 2023-24 season until further notice. However, we are not breaking any agreements: at the end of the current season, Currentzis will be making a guest appearance with his (non-Russian) Utopia Orchestra in the Vienna Konzerthaus.”

Currentzis has been under fire since the beginning of the war for his alleged closeness to Putin. He has had concerts canceled at the Elbphilharmonie and Kölner Philharmonie.