Russian musician fired for uncivilize...

Russian musician fired for uncivilized behavior

There are 2 comments on the People's Daily Online story from May 22, 2012, titled Russian musician fired for uncivilized behavior. In it, People's Daily Online reports that:

Edited and translated by Li Kunlun, People's Daily Online Beijing Symphony Orchestra fired its Russian cellist Oleg Vedernikov for his uncivilized behavior towards a Chinese female onboard a train.

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AndreMSmith

Great Neck, NY

#1 May 22, 2012
There is no reason whatsoever to give Mr Vedernikov a special courtesy consideration following his base public behaviour; physical and verbal. He is neither a child nor a characteristically unrepentant adolescent. He has come forth with a public apology for the world to review only because he has been recorded in action and identified by those who recognize him. Without that alert fellow passenger to record this unfortunate event as well as he did there is no reason to believe that Mr Vedernikov would have made a statement of any kind to anyone.
An open question about the ease with which he misbehaved in this incident is, Can we be convinced that this arrogant disregard for ones fellows is a rare event or, more likely, Vintage Vedernikov.
Since The Beijing Symphony Orchestra has wisely chosen to discontinue his employment; I should not like to have been in Mr Vedernikov’s position the first time he might have walked onto the stage for the next concert of the BSO. http://www.bjso.cn/en/index.php/default/ Should Mr Vedernikov be dismissed from employment for misbehaviour unrelated to his work? I think the management of the BSO has shown best how to protect the integrity of its public reputation.
Requisqat in Pace, Mr Vedernikov!
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André M. Smith, Bach Mus, Mas Sci (Juilliard)
Diploma (Lenox Hill Hospital School of Respiratory Therapy)
Postgraduate studies in Human and Comparative Anatomy (Columbia University)
Formerly Bass Trombonist
The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra of New York,
Leopold Stokowski’s American Symphony Orchestra (Carnegie Hall),
The Juilliard Orchestra, Aspen Festival Orchestra, etc.
AndreMSmith

Great Neck, NY

#2 May 22, 2012
Mr Vedernikov should have remembered, at all times, that, regardless of how many years – a decade!– he has resided and performed in China, he remains a guest in their house and should have continued to comport himself as one. I do not believe his foolish public misbehaviour would have been viewed differently in his native Russia. If the proper offices in Beijing appropriately invoke their authority Mr Vedernikov will have a renewed chance to test the tolerance of his homeland.

This man is a public blot on the noble art of classical music!
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André M. Smith, Bach Mus, Mas Sci (Juilliard)
Diploma (Lenox Hill Hospital School of Respiratory Therapy)
Postgraduate studies in Human and Comparative Anatomy (Columbia University)
Formerly Bass Trombonist
The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra of New York,
Leopold Stokowski’s American Symphony Orchestra (Carnegie Hall),
The Juilliard Orchestra, Aspen Festival Orchestra, etc.

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