What Michele Zukovsky says is: ‘The audition system itself is flawed, but it’s the best we got.’
She is stepping down as principal after more than half a century.
What she prefers is this: ‘Some of those wilder, more interesting individual players, like Roger Bobo or myself … I call them “lopsided players.” Those kind of guys are the ones that perk up your ears but may not do everything great, like my father. He tried out for Otto Klemperer, and there were only two people, him against one other guy. He just played while Klemperer was at the piano, and he just played some Wagner or some solo piece. Klemperer heard him and just hired him. He didn’t play one single excerpt from the orchestral repertoire.’
Those were the days.
Read CK Dexter Haven’s full interview with Michele here.
‘Don’t bother you’re not coming back,’ she told the conductor. Read second instalment here.