Despite happening 100 years ago, the Armenian Genocide has not been forgotten. Evgeny Kissin has joined other artists like Sir András Schiff in making a point about the fact that the Turkish government still will not recognize that the massacre was in fact a “genocide.”
NEW YORK—Famous Russian pianist, Evgeny Kissin, who is in New York to perform a concert at Carnegie Hall told The New York Times Monday that he would not perform in Turkey until its government recognizes the Armenian Genocide.
“I personally believe that if people in such countries learn that some musicians refuse to play there because they are dismayed by what their rulers do, that will make intelligent-thinking people more aware,” he said. He hastened to add that he does “not judge or condemn colleagues who perform in totalitarian countries. — it’s a personal choice,” he told the New York Times.