The five foreign musicians who are being flown into Rio to re-audition members of the Brazil Symphony Orchestra for their jobs – provoking widespread Facebook protests – have been named in an open letter that appeals to them to stay away.
Ms. Rebecca Young, viola, New York Philharmonic
Ms. Isabelle Faust, violin, soloist
Mr. Blair Bollinger, trombone, Philadelphia Orchestra
Mr. Michael Faust, flute, Cologne Radio Orchestra
Mr. Ignacio Garcia, horn, Staatskapelle Berlin
The letter follows:
The (above-listed) musicians pay maximal attention.
You are being cheated by the management of the Brazilian Symphony Orchestra. The audition you will participate as jury members in Brazil is not a fair one. It is part of a repulsive plan of a sick management in order to promote a blood bath among orchestral musicians here in Brazil.
The audition is not for new members. You are coming to Brazil to listen exclusively to musicians that will have to re-audition to their own orchestra in order to, may be, keep their jobs. Many of these colleagues belong to this orchestra since more than 30 years and are being humiliated by this audition.
Please don’t participate on such a violence. This management, we know, are fooling you into believing that they want to make a better orchestra and to “modernize” orchestral life in Brazil.
This is not true. They are destroying everything the musicians conquered in decades of hard work and negociation. They are trying to impose a new work agreement, that will make slaves out of the musicians.
They are using you to make all this. This is by far the worst risk orchestral musicians are facing in Brazil in all times.
It is not modern, it has nothing to do with quality or with the guarantee of an orchestral future in Brazil. These people are bad managers and even worst artistic directors. They are trying to initiate an orchestral dictatorship here and cents of musicians of all Brazilian orchestras are mobilized in order to support the colleagues of the Brazilian Symphony Orchestra against the violences they are suffering.
Please don’t be unfair with these people. The stories the management are telling you are lies
Refuse to take part on something that will be part of the history as one of the most repulsive violences musicians faced in all times.