In January, he gave a recital in London, "a few days after they executed the dictator (Nicolae Ceausescu).
"We donated all the proceeds to a newly formed committee for the (Romanian) people who had suffered and who needed immediate help. I was very glad to do it. All the ex-Romanian artists in Europe are doing the same. . . .
"I don't have many good things to say about the state where I was born. I only would add, I don't have resentments. I don't take it personally. There were many other people suffering, and everyone was suffering in silence. . . .
"(But) I would like very much to go back and remind the people there that we haven't forgotten them, that they have a better future and that things will get better.