Mexico: Conductor kidnapped by drug cartel



Conductor kidnapped by drug cartel

In July 2011, a successful Mexican musician residing in Germany was abducted by gunmen while on holiday in northern Mexico.

36-year-old Rodolfo Cazares is a Mexican pianist and symphony conductor, leader of the Bremerhaven city orchestra in Germany.

While visiting his parents in northern Mexico, Rodolfo Cazares was sleeping in bed with his wife when masked gunmen burst into the house and shook them awake. Within hours, the gunmen kidnapped 18 members of the same family. The children and the conductor’s wife Ludivine Barbier were released a few days after the crime.

Seven months later, Rodolfo Cazares and three other men are still missing, even after family members paid four ransoms to a presumed drug cartel. The case is only now coming to light, with a delay of seven months, because the family is growing desperate at the inability of the Mexican police and authorities to solve the case.

The Bremerhaven symphony orchestra has started a letter campaign to put pressure on the Mexican police and authorities to help solve the kidnapping, wrote the German newspaper Die Welt.





Arts Journal – 26 February 2012:

‘Kidnapped conductor – at last, the rich world wakes up’

The Wall Street Journal – 21 February 2012:

‘Mexican Kidnapping Takes Toll on Family’

Arts Journal – 6 February 2012:

‘Kidnapped conductor: his French wife speaks out’

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