Tel Aviv March 18, 2011
Carta do Presidente dos Sindicatos dos Músicos de Israel ao Presidente da Fundação Orquestra Sinfônica Brasileira.
Presidente da Fundação Orquestra Sinfônica Brasileira, Sr. Eleazar de Carvalho
We have been informed of your intention to reorganize the Brazilian Symphony Orchestra by way of auditioning all of its musicians. Although the objective may be to improve the quality of the orchestra, such process is in our view inappropriate and may in practice prove counter-productive.
All orchestras of significance throughout the world have a longstanding tradition of social dialogue. Such dialogue is crucial for both conflict prevention and the resolution of the various problems that may occur in the course of an orchestra’s daily life. An open and confident exchange with the musicians’ representatives should therefore be conducted before considering a decision that would not only impact the musicians’ career but also the future of your institution.
I wish to also recall that the musicians already passed an audition before being appointed. Since then, they have been playing on stage every week, which also represents another form of audition. Re-auditioning all musicians can only be an unnecessary, extremely stressful test, unable to give an accurate image of their qualities and skills.
Finally, and foremost, the artistic personality of an orchestra is the result of a long term process that depends not only on individual qualities but also on the in-depth work carried out daily by the orchestra as a whole, as well as on the artistic framework defined by its Musical Director.
I firmly believe that your objective of improved quality and the legitimate expectations of performers can be reconciled. To this end, I urge you to engage into discussions with the musicians’ representatives with no further delay, with a view to jointly identify the best ways to reach the level of excellence that is equally desired by both parties. By so doing, you would maximize your chances to successfully undertake the renewal of the orchestra, for the mutual benefit of all stakeholders involved, including the public.
The World community of performers would not understand if these requests were to remain unheard.
Dan Gottfried, President
Israeli Musicians’ Union
6 Rabin Square, Tel Aviv 64951, Israel