The violinist is putting together a group of like-minded artists – he names Martha Argerich, Daniel Barenboim, Khatia Buniatishvili and Nicolas Altstaedt – to perform a concert in support of Russian oppositionists who have been suppressed or jailed by Vladimir Putin. Among the pieces to be performed is Giya Kancheli’s Angels of Sorrow, dedicated to the 50th birthday of the jailed oligarch Mikhail Khodorkovski.
It’s not the first time Kremer has spoken out against the Putin regime but he has not linked his views before to public protest. Asked about colleagues such as Anna Netrebko and Valery Gergiev who are outspoken Putin supporters, he refused to comment on the acts of individuals under a harsh regime. ‘My teacher David Oistrakh was a representative of the Soviet regime and, at the same time, a very great artist,’ said Kremer. ‘I can well imagine what he went through. Who knows if it did not take years off his life.’
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