Vladimir Ashkenazy
(c) Keith Saunders

Vladimir Ashkenazy has announced today that after 15 years as Music Director of the European Union Youth Orchestra he has resigned with immediate effect. In the press release no word is being said about the orchestra’s managing director, Marshall Marcus, and according to insider talks, Marcus and Ashkenazy recently had arguments about the orchestra. So, the maestro just « extends his love and admiration to Joy Bryer the founder and irreplaceable mentor of this great and noble institution. » Ashkenazy was appointed as Music director in 2000 in succession to Bernard Haitink who had been preceded by Claudio Abbado and Colin Davis.

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