Acclaimed conductor and pianist Daniel Barenboim has become the latest in a string of musicians to berate the audience from the stage. Angry at the audience for taking pictures, Barenboim slammed flash-happy fans at La Scala, Milan's prestigious opera house, as "badly educated.” The outburst came during a performance of Franz Schubert’s "D845 Sonata" where Barenboim, who was in his final week at La Scala, warned audiences — and one woman in particular — that he had asked several times for people not to take photographs during his performance and was beginning to lose his temper. "Madam, I am trying to give you my best, but you have no respect for it! Those who take photographs during concerts are badly educated,” he said. "I have asked at every concert. The first time nicely, but now it's serious.” After a round of applause, the 72-year-old Argentinian conductor and pianist returned to the sonata. Music fans are all too familiar with this behavior with a string of controversial lash-outs coming from musicians.
Kyung Wha Chung, who made headlines all over the world last week after berating a child who was coughing at her concert, has responded to all the media hoopla that has been surrounding her surprising remarks.
World-renowned violinist Kyung Wha Chung sent audience members into an awkward frenzy after publicly berating the parents of a coughing child during her performance at the Royal Festival Hall in London. Chung, from South Korea, is hailed as a violin prodigy but has been retired for some time, partly due to a finger injury. This show was her first London performance in 12 years. But during this show, the 66-year-old violinist lashed out at a child who was coughing during her performance of Mozart’s "Sonata in G." “Maybe bring her back when she’s older,” she rebuked to the child’s parents. Then, audience members say, she continued looking back in the general direction of the coughing child for the next 20 minutes. Anna Picard, music critic for "The Times," said the atmosphere in the hall had already been tense, such was the anticipation surrounding the violinist's comeback.