Those Minczuk UK concerts and auditions

Those Minczuk UK concerts and auditions


norman lebrecht

May 04, 2011

In addition to his May 12 concert in Liverpool, the embattled Brazilian conductor Roberto Minczuk is scheduled to conduct the BBC National Orchestra of Wales four days earlier in Cardiff. The soloist is BBC New Generation Artist, baritone Hank Neven.

The International Federation of Musicians and several unions in the US have called on players to avoid working with a conductor who had ordered all musicians in the Brazil Symphony Orchestra to reaudition for their jobs and sacked half of them for refusing.

It will be interesting to see how the BBC handles this delicate situation.

We are still waiting to hear dates and details of the auditions Mr Minczuk aims to conduct in London, seeking to rebuild his orchestra. Let us know if you hear anything.


Afternoon Concerts at BBC Hoddinott Hall (6 of 6): Rachmaninov

with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales

Wednesday 08 June 2011, 2pm

BBC Hoddinott Hall, Cardiff Bay, Cardiff CF10 5AL
part of the 2010/11 BBC Hoddinott Hall and Afternoon Concerts 2010/11 series


RACHMANINOV Isle of the Dead 

MUSSORGSKY (orch. Shostakovich)Songs and dances of death

RACHMANINOV Symphonic Dances

Conductor Roberto Minczuk

Baritone Henk Neven (BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist)

Experience the scintillating energy and joie de vivre of Rachmaninov’s final work, the Symphony Dances, next to one of the greatest and most intense masterpieces of Russian music: Mussorgsky’s Songs and Dances of Death.

To be broadcast by BBC Radio 3.

Tickets: BBC National Orchestra of Wales Audience Line: 0800 052 1812

Wales Millennium Centre Box Office: 029 2063 6464



  • Singer in Rio says:

    Actually a very interesting development just happened. OSB was under contract to perform in São Paulo in participatio of BASF’s 100 years of presence in Brazil.

    Since they have no orchestra, they have attempted to subcontract musicians of OSESP to perform under the OSB banner to make the concert happen rather than face the repercussions (including possibly very harsh legal problems since this concert is made under tax-refund laws for sponsorship). The OSESP musicians refused to do it under the OSB name, and demanded to do it under their own banner, a list of “suitable” conductors and demanded that the repertory performed in the concert be what they were going to be working on that week.

    Therefore I believe this is something I have never heard of – an orchestra contracting another orchestra to do their job for them, and at the same time paying for players, conductor and soloist. It has just gotten to the point of insanity.

  • gildemaro says:

    @ Singer in Rio, That’s the truth! So, British orchestras, watch your sponsors! Grass seems not to grow anymore where Mr. Minczuk steps…

  • In Calgary says:

    I attended Minczuk’s performance of Mahler 2 in Calgary (where he is music director) last weekend and it proceeded seemingly completely without incident or protest of any kind. Outside of the immediate musical community here, the details of his recent actions at the OSB are seemingly completely unknown. The only press coverage has been a brief and cheerful statement in the Calgary Herald from the CPO management saying that essentially no one has anything to worry about, because that sort of thing could never happen here. It’s all smiles. Sickening.

  • Brian Hughes says:

    Unfortunately, the general public either doesn’t know of the problems or really doesn’t care. These kinds of actions occur regularly in much smaller orchestras and markets; they just don’t get the major press that this issue has.