You can always trust Gidon Kremer to do things his way, sometimes without full regard for his own best interests.
So when the Verbier Festival announced that he had withdrawn from a star-studded concert on grounds of ill-health, after Martha Argerich had done much the same, Kremer stalked around for a while with furrowed brows and then fired off a public missive at the festival, declaring himself perfectly fit. What he can’t bear, he says, is the ‘star hype’.
He contrasts Verbier unfavourably to the modest Lockenhaus Festival, which he left this weekend after 30 years as director.
The letter is not altogether to the point, but then Kremer is not Tolstoy. You can read his letter here in the original English text sent to this site by Mr Kremer.
Here’s the key paragraph, a direct appeal from Kremer to music lovers not to believe what the music industry tells us. Go, Gidon….
Dear friends and music lovers,
I am still fine. And I do hope to be around for a while. Sorry if this could be perceived as a challenge. There are many “good behaving” artists, who are obediently following the imposed “rules of the game” with endless hope that this will somehow lead them to “success”.