Contrary to my usual habit, I feel the need to make a political statement today. In light of the current developments in Eastern Europe, and for the time being, I cannot imagine and will refrain from any further cooperation with Russian state institutions—such as the Moscow Conservatory, Gnesin Academy of Music, State Institute for Art Studies, and Saint Petersburg State Conservatory. This explicitly applies to institutional collaboration and projects realised with governmental funds from the Russian state and Ministry of Culture. It does not apply to relationships with individuals regardless of their affiliation, which I absolutely intend to continue, as I feel that social cohesion and exchange on a personal level is necessary more than ever at the moment. To all my dear Russian colleagues: I hope for your understanding, while I express my heartfelt support and solidarity with the Ukrainian people.