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Andras Schiff, set for Melbourne Festival and the Sydney Opera House says 'art and politics are inseparable' / The Sydney Morning Herald

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Sir Andras Schiff performs at Hamer Hall, Melbourne on October 20 as part of Melbourne Festival and on October 22 at the Sydney Opera House.  

Schiff is a man of integrity, both as an interpreter of music and as a quiet but staunch advocate for human rights, who holds grave fears for Europe. He has not set foot in his native Hungary since 2010 in protest at the authoritarian politics of "strong man" leader Viktor Orban, and has written against attempts to rehabilitate the nation's Nazi past. Schiff, 64, who is about to make only his second visit to Australia, believes his stature as one of the world's leading half-dozen pianists gives him a moral responsibility to speak out. "I can only speak for myself, but for me art and politics - art and society - are inseparable," he says.

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