Alexander Rahbari has quit the Belgrade Philharmonic, saying the atmosphere is ‘filled with fear’ since Ivan Tasovac, a pianist, became its general director.
Rahbari, an Iranian-Austrian, told local media that he’d had three years of success with the orch until Tasovac started acting like a despot and ‘thinking he was God.’
He says the musicians fear Tasovac, who is politically well connected, and pay him compliments although they are very unhappy. He accuses Tasovac of making deals that are good for him, not for the orchestra, and that he is immersing a fine ensemble in pop music and crossover. Lately, he and the orch’s council had cancelled Rahbari’s dates.
There may be another side to this story. We wait to hear it. Here’s the press interview (in Serbian).