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Renowned Ukrainian-born pianist Valentina Lisitsa has held a concern in Donetsk, as she continues her strong opposition to Kiev’s military offensive in country’s east, even after her views cost her performances with Toronto Symphony Orchestra.



As part of the concert, Lisitsa included Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Second Concerto that listeners of Toronto were denied after their “very aggressive and very vocal opposition local war lobby” to Lisitsa’s views on Ukraine.

“So what music lovers lost in Toronto, music lovers in Donetsk will enjoy,” she said.

Listsa says that she is a musician and not a politician, which is why she commends “trust”, as she is not influenced by “material or economic reasons.”

“I’m not a Moscow troll as some people tried to spin it,” Lisitsa told Naouai. “My heart hearts for these people. This is my family, these are my friends. This is my land.”

Lisitsa says that her message is to inspire people to think, not to become “passive consumers” of the news “fed” by the media.



The pianist says that her massive following is getting her message, “particularly young people.”

“Public opinion is changing towards understanding of what is happening here. It is changing slower than we think and hope, but it does.”



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