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Zimerman's Last Stand?

Posted at 11:36 AM on April 27, 2009 by Gillian Martin (2 Comments)

Polish pianist Krystian Zimerman startled his audience in Los Angeles this weekend when he announced that he would no longer give performances in the U.S. (Apparently, he'd been thinking about this for quite a while, but wanted to honor commitments already made.)

Find out why, and read about the audience reaction, here.

Comments (2)

While Mr. Zimerman is certainly one of the finest keyboard musicians of our time, he's not good enough to rub this in our faces to make some childish political statement. I may be wrong, but it seems that especially classical, as well as other types of music, has most of the time risen above that kind of thing and held us all together in a unique way. I wouldn't doubt his fame and substantial bank accounts are a direct result of his work and sales in this country. It's good to know of his decision in that I was just about to purchase some of his recordings on recommendation from my daughter, she being a classical pianist herself. I won't now!

Posted by J. Joyce | April 27, 2009 5:25 PM

It is interesting that Mr Zimerman waited until almost the end of his time in America before making his "statement".

Does the word "money" register here?

Posted by Nancy Mastenbrook | April 28, 2009 9:52 AM