Pianist and Conductor Andras Schiff Threatened with Hands Being Cut Off

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Hungarian-born British classical pianist and conductor Andras Schiff, in a candid interview with the BBC this week, has declared he will never again perform in his native land of Hungary – for threat of his hands being cut off.

“Unfortunately things in Hungary are not very good, to put it mildly…. I’m a great opponent of the political situation there now,” 60 year old Schiff has said.

Maestro Schiff explained a 2011 letter published in the Washington Post, where he condemned the Viktor Orban-lead Hungarian government for perpetuating racism, antisemitism and neo-fascism, resulted in a number of anonymous and serious physical threats of violence.

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