Italian FVG Orchestra refused to play at the Rodolfo Lipizer International Violin Competition in Gorizia due to the expulsion of participants from Russia — this is reported by the local publication Friuli Sera.
After the organizers of the competition removed the violinists Lydia Kocharyan, Karolina Averina and Anastasia Pentina, the mayor of Gorizia, Rodolfo Dziberna, stood up for the Russians. He sent a letter to the director of the competition with a request to reconsider the “unacceptable” decision, but was refused.
Then, the musicians of the regional orchestra, who traditionally had to accompany the participants, refused to play at the competition in protest against Russophobia.
We are very sorry to interrupt the tradition that the FVG orchestra accompanied the international musicians in the competition. However, we cannot respond in a united manner to a decision that seems unfair to us. Culture — one of the few weapons that we have that can heal wounds, unite people and nations, creating unity instead of disagreements and grievances,
— said band leader Paolo Petiziol.
Earlier in April, the World Federation of International Music Competitions (WFIMC) announced the exclusion from its membership of the International Tchaikovsky Competition.