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Russian pianist says Ukrainian radicals unable to destroy Russian-Ukrainian cultural ties

March 03, 2014, 0:37 UTC+3 MOSCOW
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MOSCOW, March 03, 0:19 /ITAR-TASS/. Culture and arts professionals in both Russia and Ukraine are sincerely glad to see the efforts towards a peaceful resolution of the conflict in Ukraine and they are ready to support the residents of Crimea by going there and giving free concerts, pianist Denis Matsuyev told Itar-Tass Sunday.

“I was appalled by scenes of bloodletting on Kiev streets,” the internationally acclaimed musician said, adding that he had close links to different cities in Ukraine where he had many friends and where he had given concerts many a time.

“A don’t draw any lines of division among the audiences, like saying that these are our guys and those are aliens because when I go to one or another CIS country I know this my audience, which grew out of the great cultural traditions of the Soviet era,” Matsuyev said.

He recalled that a Sberbank-debut contest of teenage pianists was held in Kiev in November. Luckily, they program wound up before the outbreak of street riots.

Matsuyev also said he does not plan to call off his solo concert at the Kiev opera house, since tickets for it have been sold out. “I wouldn’t like to cancel anything because I’m going to Kiev to play for my audiences.”

He said he gave a concert Saturday in the city of Ulyanovsk in the middle reach of the Volga together with Eduard Dyadyura, the conductor-in-chief of the Kiev opera and Dyadyura voice the apprehensions of Ukraine’s music community, which does not want a split along the Russians vs Ukrainians principle or a discrimination along other principles of ethnicity or other discriminatory criteria.

“Quite naturally, he is very alarmed by the prospects for culture because Russia and Kiev are very culturally close to each other,” Matsuyev said.

The renowned performer is confident that no one will be able to destroy the cultural ties between the Russian and Ukrainian people because “that’s impossible in principle”.

“The Russians in the Crimea stand exclusively for peace and many musicians are ready to support their position,” he said. “Russian music groups have left for Sevastopol to give free concerts there and thus to support the city residents.”

Denis Matsuyev’s personal plans for the short term include concerts in Simferopol and Sevastopol.

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