The Royal College of Music in London suspended pianist Alexander Romanovsky from teaching after attending a performance Russian-occupied Mariupol, writes The Times.
Romanovsky, a pianist from Dnepropetrovsk region, winner of many competitions, performed as a soloist with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
In May, together with violinist Pyotr Lundstrem, a well-known admirer of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, he played Mozart’s violin sonata in E minor in occupied Mariupol in front of the drama theater building destroyed by the occupiers.
In a social media photo, the pianist poses with Lundstrem, dressed in a T-shirt with the letter “Z”, in front of the sign of Mariupol, painted in the colors of the Russian flag.
A spokesperson for the Royal College of Music told The Times on Tuesday that the pianist has been suspended pending a formal disciplinary investigation.
Romanovsky himself, in a commentary to the publication, said that he considers his speech in Mariupol destroyed by Russian troops “a sign of support for the outcast people in eastern Ukraine” and “a contribution to reconciliation.”
March 16 Russian occupation troops dropped a bomb on the Drama Theater in the center of Mariupolwhere a large number of citizens were hiding from shelling.
The inscription “CHILDREN” visible from above near the walls of the building did not stop the Russians from purposefully drop two 500-kilogram bombs on the Drama Theater.
According to the publication AP, as a result of the strike about 600 people died.