A conductor in Moscow has contacted us about the grave situation in three orchestras – the Moscow Philharmonic (led by Yury Simonov), the National Philharmonic Orchestra of Russia (led by Vladimir Spivakov) and the State Symphony orchestra “New Russia” (led by Yury Bashmet). Although each is endowed with state subsidy of around $3 million a year, none has seen a kopeck from the Government since December. As a result, 300 musicians and their families are going hungry.
Our informant has asked to remain anonymous. Some further background can be found here (in Russian).
President Putin is due to attend the opening of the lavish new Mariinsky Theatre in St Petersburg (below) next month. It’s about time he remembered to pay the state’s musicians.