Renowned Pianist Evgeny Kissin Stands Up to Anti-Israel Boycott Movement
One of the tactics of the anti-Israel Boycott, Divest and Sanction (BDS) movement is to disrupt appearances not only by Israeli speakers, but also dancers, artists and musicians.
In 2010, for example, the Jerusalem Quartet had to stop its performance in London after a BDS protester would not stop shouting. In September 2011, a concert by the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra in London also was disrupted.
The orchestra was founded as the Palestine Orchestra by a Polish Jewish violinist, Bronisław Huberman. Huberman anticipated the rise of the Nazis, and set about creating the orchestra to save Jewish musicians in Europe. In all – including the musicians and their families – he is credited with saving nearly 1000 people.
Throughout its history the Israel Philharmonic has featured some of the greatest contemporary musical talent.
One of the guest artists who performs with the orchestra, is two-time Grammy winning Russian pianist Evgeny Kissin.
A critic for the New York Times called Kissin “one of the most uncannily accomplished pianists of modern times.” He plays to full houses around the world and is one of the celebrities in the world of classical music.
Last Saturday night, Kissin received Israeli citizenship.
Kissin didn’t become an Israeli citizen just out of a sense of a pride. He also sees himself now as a representative of Israel who stands up to those who hate it.
Huberman’s Palestine Orchestra saved the lives of musicians who would have been lost to the murderous hatred of the Nazis. Nearly eighty years later, a guest musician of that orchestra’s has chosen to stand up the renewed anti-Semitism which practices its hate under the guise of BDS.