Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Krystian Zimerman

Sunday, making his Disney Hall debut in a recital sponsored by the Philharmonic, Zimerman, who has become arguably the greatest pianist of his generation, made the surprise and shocking announcement from the stage that in protest to America's military policies overseas and particularly in Poland, he would no longer perform in the United States.

“Get your hands off my country,” he said, soft-spoken but seething. He accused the U.S. military of wanting “to control the whole world,” and made a reference to the U.S. military detention camp in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

Approximately three dozen in the audience walked out, some shouting obscenities. “Yes,” he answered, “some people when they hear the word military start marching.”


  1. Anonymous4:22 AM

    Good on 'im! Brave man (and an excellent reposte to the walkers-out). There has to be more of this, from more artists, and soon.

    On the other hand, we have Bono.

    - w.

  2. Anonymous4:25 AM

    Riposte! - Bloody hell, I am having a spelling crisis recently. (Yesterday I wrote "illustreous".)

    Maybe I have swyne flue.

  3. BRAVO!!!!!!!!!!!!!