April 8, 2015

I have been asked a lot lately about my view on the recent Toronto Symphony and Valentina Lisitsa situation probably because I was born in Ukraine, lived in Moscow for a while and I am both performer and presenter.  Here are a few questions that this situation raises for me:

 

1.       What are the rights and responsibilities of artists when it comes to handling a substantial emotional attachment of their fans? Is it fair for a charismatic performer to exploit openness and vulnerability of a fan to advance a personal agenda? Are they free to use that emotional attachment to endorse pro...

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