‘A profession rife with harassment’

Charges of sexual harassment by high-profile figures in classical music that have come to light over the past year are not isolated cases, judging from an extensive examination by The Washington Post’s music critic, Anne Midgette, and arts reporter Peggy McGlone, of powerful musicians, administrators and teachers accused of demanding sexual favors from young instrumentalists and singers.

Among the alleged perpetrators named in the article are Daniele Gatti, chief conductor of Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, who denies charges of harassment, and the Cleveland Orchestra’s concertmaster, William Preucil, who has not responded:


UPDATE (July 27): The Cleveland Orchestra has placed Preucil on paid suspension while it investigates the allegations, and the Cleveland Institute of Music, where the violinist teaches, “is reviewing the situation internally,” Zachary Lewis of the The Plain Dealer reports:


UPDATE (July 29): Preucil has resigned from his faculty position at the Cleveland Institute, Norman Lebrecht reports on his Slipped Disc website: