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Violinist hits a sharp note about music’s ‘star’ system

“We all are surrounded and often ‘fooled’ by the powerful music industry,’’ wrote Gidon Kremer. “We all are surrounded and often ‘fooled’ by the powerful music industry,’’ wrote Gidon Kremer. (ERIN BAIANO FOR THE NEW YORK TIMES/file/2006)
By David Weininger
Globe Correspondent / October 21, 2011

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This past summer, violinist Gidon Kremer created a stir when he withdrew from participation in the Verbier Festival, a major music gala in Switzerland. His reasons for doing so, laid out candidly in a letter to the festival’s director, were related to classical music’s infatuation with and exploitation of its own celebrity culture. Kremer, who will play four performances of the Schumann violin concerto with the Boston Symphony Orchestra beginning next Oct. 27, has forged a career that unites intelligence, adventurousness, and a refusal to abide conventions he finds distasteful.

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