Yuri Bashmet has decided not to go to Ukraine with concerts

© RIA Novosti / Igor Taraborrelli in photovacation Yuri Bashmet. Archival photoYuri Bashmet has decided not to go to Ukraine with concerts© RIA Novosti / Igor Taraborrelli the image Bank

The renowned violist and conductor Yuri Bashmet declared that dares to go on tour to Ukraine in the framework of the jubilee tour «Moscow Soloists» because he signed a letter in support of the annexation of Crimea to Russia.

«In Lviv, where he lived and studied, I do not dare to go, although there are the graves of my ancestors. I’m not in any «black list», but I signed the letter of accession of the Crimea. Lviv Academy of music had me removed by a majority vote of the honorary professors. That I was, I learned when I was expelled,» said Bashmet at the press conference on Friday.

This year the chamber ensemble «Moscow Soloists» under the direction of Bashmet celebrates its 25th anniversary. Anniversary concert of the ensemble will be held on Saturday at the Great hall of the Moscow Conservatory. Holders of the award «Grammy» will play to the public on the best instruments of Stradivari, Guarneri and Amati from the collection of the State collection of unique musical instruments of Russia. Traditionally Bashmet will take part in concert both as conductor and as soloist.

The evening will be the finale of the tour of the ensemble «Moscow Soloists» and Yuri Bashmet, dedicated to the anniversary team. The tour began in September of 2016 and in that time covered more than 50 cities of Russia and foreign countries. Performances were held in Russia from Anadyr to Murmansk from Arkhangelsk to Stavropol and Krasnodar.

The Ministry of culture of Ukraine in August 2015, announced the «black list» of culture of the Russian Federation, which, in the opinion of the Ukrainian authorities, «endanger national security» of the country. According to the Deputy of the Verkhovna Rada from «block of Petro Poroshenko» Olga chervakova, «black list» of Russian artists consists of approximately 140 people.