The Malaysian Philharmonic, under boycott by international musicians organisations for unfair dismissals, is advertising a new round of auditions in Germany. Don’t say you haven’t been warned. A corrrespondent writes:
With great concern I see the MPO advertising for a new round of auditions in Germany at “muv.ac”, in “Das Orchester” and at the MPO website. Muv.ac. What really bothers me is the fact that the positions at muv.ac are advertised as “permanent” This is simply misleading. Those are two year contracts and technically you can be fired anytime without any reason given with 6 months’ notice.
There are around 30 vacancies to fill (comparing the current listing on the website with the original size in 1998) and the fact that – with exception of the double bass – ALL string principal positions are vacant speaks volumes about the current state of affairs.