Pavel Kogan left the post of Khudruk of the Moscow State Symphony Orchestra

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People’s Artist of Russia Pavel Kogan has resigned as artistic director and chief conductor of the Moscow State Academic Symphony Orchestra (MGASO). About this reports TASS agency with reference to the statement of the press service of the Ministry of Culture.

“The Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation has received a statement from Pavel Kogan, artistic director and chief conductor of the Moscow State Academic Symphony Orchestra, requesting his dismissal of his own volition,” the ministry said. The Ministry of Culture noted that the conductor had previously canceled all concerts scheduled for February 24.

Representatives of the department also clarified that “the issue of merging MGASO with any other federal orchestra is not worth it.” “Despite the absence of the leader, the orchestra continues its work,” the department stressed.

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April 23 about the departure of Pavel Kogan from the orchestra reported SlippedDisc classical music portal with links to its own unnamed sources. According to the website, the maestro’s decision is related to Russia’s “special military operation” in Ukraine. The authors of SlippedDisc also stated that the conductor “left Russia in early March.”

The conductor has headed MGASO for the last 33 years – since 1989. From 1998 to 2005, he also served as principal guest conductor with the Utah Symphony Orchestra in the United States. In 1994, Kogan received the title of People’s Artist of Russia and was awarded the Order of Merit to the Fatherland IV and III degrees.

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