Mikhail Pletnev, who has denied charges in Thailand, withdraws from Proms and Edinburgh festival

Mikhail Pletnev, the founder and artistic director of the Russian National Orchestra (RNO), was charged last month with molesting a 14-year-old boy after police raided the musician’s home in Thailand and found incriminating photographs.

Pletnev said in a statement:

I do not wish to overshadow the wonderful music-making of the RNO and their tour in the UK with the current accusations surrounding my person. I will not comment on the ongoing investigation, but I hope the matter will be resolved speedily and it will be clear that I am innocent of the accusations against me. I look forward to returning to the UK with my orchestra soon.