Members of the ERT orchestra in Athens are waiting to learn their fate. They have been cheered by a letter from two Russian conductors, which has also been sent to the Greek government. Maestros within the EU have remained mysteriously silent.
Here, exclusively, is the text of the Temirkanov-Gergiev letter:
With a sense of great concern we learned about the dismissal of one hundred and fifty musicians and the abolition of the chorus, contemporary orchestra and the National Symphony Orchestra of the Greek Radio and Television.
Surprising that the demands from the European Union to Greece on reducing the number of civil servants has been applied to professionals with highest qualifications who have devoted many years to training and then, as members of musical organisations.
ERT played a pivotal role in the cultural life of the country during the very difficult years of the Second World War. In recent years, the agonizing birth of a new Russia never in our country was there a question of abolishing public cultural ensembles.
Times change, but without the maintenance and development of the culture of a country has no future.
The destruction of historic ensembles will not solve the economic problems, but will bring a fatal blow to the culture of Greece and prestige among the civilized countries of the world.
Artistic director and conductor of the Philharmonic Orchestra of St. Petersburg
General Manager – Artistic Director and Conductor of Opera and Mariinsky Ballet of St. Petersburg