A conductor declines to comment

A conductor declines to comment


norman lebrecht

August 28, 2011

When the Brazil Symphony Orchestra announced its plan to upgrade by sacking lots of players and holding international auditions, none was more up-front about the policy than its music director, Roberto Minczuk. Here was his open letter to me five months ago, inviting further questions about the controversial situation.

Well, it appears Mr Minczuk has apparently undergone a change of mind. A Canadian journalist who asked to interview him, ahead of a new season with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, found the conductor was refusing to address the big issue in his life. Here’s Colin Eatock’s story.