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Russia’s piano war: Gavrilov goes to ground, Ghindin comes out fighting

The pianist Andrei Gavrilov, who fled from a Moscow concert hall moments before the Rachmaninov D minor concerto, has shut down his social media after a series of increasingly eccentric messages. We hope he recovers soon.


UPDATE: Gavrilov is back on line and messaging once more. Here’s what he writes:

Ну, порезвились господа, и будет. Пиьмо Гиндина не обсуждаем. Репетиций за два дня было 40 минут, потому как руслка с палкой в руках томилась от бессилья. Трухачев получает исключение из друзей за отменное хамство, чистим фекалии и за рояль. Девочки – вы молодцы, некоторые ребята тоже, но “ведетесь” быстро на дезу и не чувствуете что брехня халтурная, жалко.Забыли с кем имеете дело – рвань, дрянь и гной земли советской. Тут надо по морде в прчатке, и, что б не портилик воздух як конюхи в зале, пинком в жопу, вот так. Всем спасибо!

In rough translation: Well, gentlemen, frolic, and will. Will not discuss Ghndin. Rehearsals two days was 40 minutes, because ruslka with a stick in his hand languished from impotence. Trukhachev is exception of the friends for the excellent rudeness, clean feces and the piano. Girl – you rock, some guys too, but are quickly using misinformation. You are dealing – rags, trash and pus Soviet land. Here we have to [untranslated] kicked in the ass, that is. Thank you all!


Alexander Ghindin, who stood in for the missing soloist without rehearsal, has revealed himself to be the author of a musician’s letter, attacking Gavrilov. It is suspected that the orchestra may have asked Ghindin to be on standby in case Gavrilov walked out, as he had done once before.

alexander ghindin

Here’s Ghindin’s letter to Gavrilov, sent to us by him in an authorised translation:

Dear Andrey Gavrilov,
I hardly ever post a reply as my work takes all the time. This time, however, I couldn’t help it because I simply don’t enjoy it when people lie, and lie without any shame. First off, the rehearsal started THREE days before the concert and NOT an hour before as you stated. And three days is enough time to agree (or agree to disagree) with the conductor or at least practice the score.
You are a great pianist and I respect you a lot: I grew up listening many of your recordings. Still, I ask you to differ between interpretation and the lack of preparation. I have attended your rehearsal out of curiosity, expecting to hear YOUR Concerto. Honestly, I didn’t expect to hear anything like what I witnessed. What a pity! If there are memory lapses all around and no control over one’s hands, let’s not mask it by an épatage interpretation.

It is a shame, my older brother in Music, shame! But, this is not the most frustrating thing!
When one cancels a performance, it is really bad. But when one flees, like a coward, five minutes before the show and not letting anyone know – it just doesn’t seem fathomable. God can punish for actions of this sort.

Why say that the conductor is inadequate, and that You had experienced this for the first time? Don’t bother: remember your incident in Vladimir, when you dropped everything and everyone, after the rehearsals? You vanished, on the day of the performance without telling anything to anyone then, too. Chopin Concerto No. 1. Then, the Vladimir Orchestra didn’t take the risk of conflicting with you. Do you think everyone will always take this route? Not good, not decent.

Okay, back to the incident in the Svetlanov Hall, just the other day:
1) about the orchestra: it is one of the absolute best orchestras of all of Russia. A great Orchestra. I believe I know what good orchestra is and what a good conductor is. I have performed with wonderful ones and with other ones. Dmitry Yurovsky is an extraordinary musician. He is a sensitive and a very reliable musical partner. He is also a great professional. He is a great conductor with a very solid reputation and a very serious name. Please don’t blame your professional inability (current!) on the shoulders of others, using the fact that your name is better known in the West than the name (at the moment) of the Russian Philharmonic Orchestra. Things change, especially if you keep doing what you have done here in Moscow.

Please don’t assume everyone is an idiot. They are not idiots, I will ask you to accept that.
With the utmost respect to your past accomplishments,

Alexander Ghindin

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  1. He don’t like when people lie, but he doesn’t mind to write a letter which other name…..this is not very honest, isn’t it?

    • Ghindin is not lying. He revealed himself to be the author. How is that dishonest?

      • he WAS lying, he said he was a member of the orchestra, is this right?
        If you want to give an opinion you can write as a anonymous, but to attack other person with an open letter saying it´s another person it´s dishonest, even if after he decide to correct his fault.

  2. Steve de Mena says:

    Gavrilov seems pretty active on his Facebook page – currently. (“…has shut down his social media”)

  3. Michael Endres says:

    THAT has been going on for years now,and that is where the problem lies. ( isn’t bothered with 50% of the notes ) ( what is that supposed to be ?? )

  4. Just playing devil’s advocate for a moment, could it be remotely possible that Gavrilov came to believe, for whatever reason, that he was being set up to fail, and realizing that Ghindin was waiting in the wings, so to speak, only made everything worse?

    Granted, none of this is professional behavior, but is it possible that there may have been, or appeared to have been, a reason not yet disclosed that Gavrilov considered significantly overwhelming for him to behave as he did?

  5. Please provide a better translation.

  6. Of course I can. However, in the current climate I would need the permission of the original author and subsequent post-translation approval prior to its publication. Could you get me that?

  7. you don’t need permission. the material was posted by the author on this site for global readership.

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