It is reported today in Rio that a leading American soloist has joined the roster of artists who are pulling out of concerts with the Brazil Symphony Orchestra, where half the musicians were sacked in a row over re-auditions.
The new name on the boycott roster is the violinist Joshua Bell, according to the newspaper O Globo (not yet online). Here’s the squib:
Ancelmo Gois 24/06:
Baixa de peso
Joshua Bell, um dos maiores violinistas do mundo, que assumiu a direção da orquestra de câmara de St.Martin-in-the-Fields, cancelou sua participação na temporada da OSB, no dia 27 de agosto no Municipal do Rio.
Bell joins Nelson Freire, Cristina Ortiz and a small host of others who have informed the OSB and its conductor Roberto Minczuk that they will not play again with them until the musicians are treated properly and the dispute is resolved.
Bell was announced last month as the new music director of Sir Neville Marriner’s Academy of St Martin in the Fields.