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Polish Pianist Launches Rant Against US at LA Concert

Zimerman vows never to return to America
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 28, 2009 4:22 AM CDT
Polish Pianist Launches Rant Against US at LA Concert
Krystian Zimerman, widely thought of as one of the world's greatest living pianists, has announced he will never play in the US again.   (Wikipedia)

(Newser) – Famed Polish concert pianist Krystian Zimerman vowed to never again return to the US after his concert in Los Angeles last night, the Guardian reports. Dozens of audience members walked out as Zimerman, hailed as one of the greatest living pianists, delivered an anti-American tirade, accusing the US of wanting to take over the world.

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"Get your hands off my country," said an angry Zimerman, apparently infuriated by President Obama's decision to go ahead with Bush-era plans to build a missile defense base in Poland. Zimerman has been an outspoken critic of American foreign policy before but he is also believed to hold a personal grudge against the US; suspicious customs officials at JFK airport destroyed one of his pianos shortly after 9/11. (Read more Krystian Zimerman stories.)

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