Hello Mr. Lebrecht,
as there are many opinions on the matter and most of those oppose the process I would like to make clear my point of view after many days of doubts:
after having arrived here in Brazil I have talked to people involved in the process and especially members of the orchestra who as well have to play in the auditions. Some of those musicians explained the “inner view” and asked me to take part in the commission – as one of 13 (!) musicians worldwide invited. So I finally decided to do this. There is as well a conviction that the way chosen is the right one or at least one legitimate possibility to give everybody the right chance, to improve the status and quality of the orchestra. I was told that there are musicians playing in the orchestra who have never made an audition to enter. So now they have the chance to legitimize their place in the orchestra – and as we all know: this is better to do in front of a different commission than the own colleagues. I very strongly believe that this is most honest.
It was guaranteed to me by the administration that there will nobody been “thrown out” or dismissed because of our comments: we only evaluate their skills – and I am sure, everybody of the orchestra is as good as it is described, but as well I am sure that the evaluation-notes the members of the commission will write, can help each one to improve. I at least would be happy if once in a while I would have the chance to play in front of an international commission so I have a feedback on what I have to work on! I am playing in my orchestra since more than 20 years.
For me fairness is first: I think fairness has to come from all sides, so from the side of the ones who oppose the process, too. I am convinced that it would be fair if everybody would participate because it is a way to improve everybody’s professional and personal life: better music, better payment, tours around the world, recordings. I of course hope very much that the administration does not fool me: I will have a close watch on the development in the future.
Hoping for the best,