The conductor Manfred Honeck, once a member of the dinosaurian Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, has not stopped breaking moulds since he became music director in Pittsburgh. The first US music director to volunteer a pay cut before his players felt the pinch, Honeck is now casting around for new soloists by soliciting video submissions from unknown instrumentalists. Anyone who can play can apply.
The winners will be chosen at a live audience audition, with worldwide voting running in tandem on Youtube.
Players in the Pittsburgh orchestra tell me they think it’s a terrific idea.
The only conditions are that you have to be over 18, and without an agent. The PSO is not paying commissions.
Here’s Manfred, on video, explaining the scheme.