In addition to the nine foreigners dismissed amid uproar almost two years ago, we understand that the Malaysian Philharmonic has recently terminated two more stalwarts:
Daniella Rodnite, principal 2nd violin, founding player since 1998, was sacked, ostensibly for giving private violin lessons to young people.
Zhenghong Jin, principal viola, in the orchestra since 2002, was sacked for giving at a charity concert in China during a week that he wasn’t required onstage with MPO.
The MPO is courting Milwaukee’s Edo de Waart to be its next music director. He would be wise to avoid the troubled band. The MPO us under an international musicians’ boycott.