Krystian Zimerman’s farewell to America?

Evidently the Polish pianist caused quite a stir with his remarks at his LA recital.

Personally, I have to wonder why any European artists play here at all, given what a PITA we make it to come over here. If the TSA had blown up my Steinway, that would have been it for me; I certainly wouldn’t have gone through the hassle that Zimerman did to have the instrument he wanted. Indeed, “that was it” when they started treating passengers as criminals, and I haven’t flown since 9/11. That being said, I go to concerts to hear music, not anti-American lectures, even if I am more in agreement than not with Zimerman’s sentiments.

He’s a great pianist, but there are lots of great pianists in America, and they can all use more work.


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