Latest News:  
Beijing   Sunny/Overcast    28 / 16 ℃  City Forecast

Home>>Life & Culture

A cellist's swan song no cause for encore

By Mu Qian (China Daily)

09:20, May 25, 2012

Russian cellist Oleg Vedernikov has quickly become the most famous foreigner in China because of his recent performance - not onstage but rather on a train from Liaoning province's capital Shenyang to Beijing.

Vedernikov was the Beijing Symphony Orchestra's principal cellist until he was sacked on May 21 - a week after he put his feet up on the seat of a woman passenger in front of him and verbally abused her in Chinese when she confronted him.

A passenger recorded video of the incident and posted it online, where it garnered much attention.

The video shows a policeman, who came to settle the dispute, inquire about Vedernikov's occupation.

When he learned Vedernikov was a musician, he sarcastically said to the woman: "Let it be. He's an artist."

The officer's words eased the tension a bit. His remark suggests artists are understood to behave differently.

But the Beijing Symphony Orchestra doesn't think so.

Although Vedernikov released a video of his apology afterward, the orchestra decided to fire him because he had "severely harmed the reputation of the orchestra".

"Beijing Symphony Orchestra is an ambassador of advanced culture," the orchestra's music director Tan Lihua said in a statement.


【1】 【2】

Email|Print|Comments(Editor:黄蓓蓓、王金雪)

Leave your comment0 comments

  1. Name

  

Selections for you


  1. Taiwan's Hello Kitty to fly cross-strait flights

  2. Flower children on the streets of Kunming

  3. Int'l Day for Biological Diversity: For our world

  4. Armored regiment conducts combat drill

Most Popular

Opinions

  1. Why is Washington so scared of Confucius?
  2. Chance to peacefuly resolve Iranian nuclear issue
  3. What is the US' aim behind arms sales to Taiwan?
  4. Investment-driven growth no longer a viable option
  5. Summit can't stop NATO from being marginalized
  6. Easing liquidity not a cure-all
  7. As Beijing remains mum, trade relationships suffer
  8. Intentions behind Japanese right-wingers’ collusion with ‘World Uyghur Congress’
  9. Real intentions of US exercise in Middle East
  10. Short-term trade recovery expected to elude China

What's happening in China

First food festival held on train

  1. Cross-cultural forum looks abroad
  2. Henan Province promotes tourism in Osaka
  3. Suspect oil found in Yunnan
  4. Chinese grads prefer to work in smaller cities
  5. Chinese cities build digital geographic systems

China Features

  1. High ticket prices, unaffordable landscapes
  2. Huangyan tensions
  3. 2012 Russia-China joint naval exercise
  4. 2nd Beijing International Film Festival
  5. Auto China 2012

PD Online Data

  1. Spring Festival
  2. Chinese ethnic odyssey
  3. Yangge in Shaanxi
  4. Gaoqiao in Northern China
  5. The drum dance in Ansai