Vedran Smailović, the ‘Cellist of Sarajevo’ played today in The Holiday Inn Hotel in Sarajevo. It was the first time after the war. Smailović was the guy who took his cello in the streets of Sarajevo to play Albinoni’s Adagio while the city was onder attack.
He didn’t play that piece today. After the concert I asked him why. “Because that was part of that time. It’s history. I don’t want to play it anymore.”