The paper’s chief music critic Anthony Tommasini has called for blind auditions to be abolished because they impede the advance of diversity in orchestras.
He writes: The status quo is not working. If things are to change, ensembles must be able to take proactive steps to address the appalling racial imbalance that remains in their ranks. Blind auditions are no longer tenable.
Blind auditions were first introduced to ensure that every player got a fair chance, regardless of race, collour, gender or creed.
So the wheel has turned full circle?
Most players believe blind auditions are the fairest way to select the best talent.