The famous Chilean pianist joined the criticism for the decision of the Viña del Mar Festival to terminate his traditional orchestra
Valentín Trujillo, national music award winner in Chile, said that “they are killing the profession of musicians with ferocity, for profit and greed”< /h2>
Cristián Torresfrom Santiago, Chile
Valentín Trujillo, pianist
The organization of the Viña del Mar International Festival 2023 decided to remove its traditional symphony orchestra from its stage for For the first time since its creation, as a result of this, the prominent Chilean pianist, Valentín Trujillo (89), strongly criticized the measure and defined it as “qualified musicicide”.
Through his official Instagram account, the renowned musician issued a statement in which he explained his position due to the absence of the 30 musicians at Quinta Vergara. “I cannot be absent from an opinion before the disastrous decision of the organizers of the Viña del Mar Festival not to have a live orchestra”, he said.
Trujillo, in turn, accused that “they are killing the profession of musicians with ferocity, for profit and greed.Justifying the non-hiring of musicians for the Viña Festival orchestra, alluding that this way they 'save' significant money, is to say the least, embarrassing and embarrassing. Would they rather spend on renting red carpets for parties that only a few will enjoy and not on music that will reach millions?” he said.
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It should be noted that the controversial decision was announced last Sunday by the producer of the 2023 Viña Festival, Daniel Merino, in the Chilean newspaper La Tercera, who stated that for budget reasons the event was not will feature a live orchestra. In exchange, a group of musicians will work in Santiago recording the tracks that will be taken to the Quinta Vergara stage.
The reasons of the organizers of the Viña del Mar Festival for not having the traditional orchestra point to a lack of budget.
The pianist, famous for having worked alongside Don Francisco in the stellar 'Sábado Gigante', highlighted the importance of music for physical and mental health. “Even the philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche came to sentence: ''Life without music is simply an error, fatigue, an exile'', he quoted.
“Cruel and worrying progress is being made towards 'musicide'. They have already made the horror and mistake of eliminating the hours of Musical Education, reducing and compressing its teaching within what is called 'Art Education', thus reducing the vital importance of Music in the development and life of every human being”, he criticized.
“The Viña Festival is a musical event and its main objective was for orchestrators, composers, musicians to perform each instrument and singers to deliver a show of the highest level”, recalled Valentín Trujillo.
The composer, however, was not the only one who spoke out against the decision of the organizers, the National Union of Musicians and Artists of Chile regretted the decision to produce the Viña del Mar Festival. The group stated that “for 60 years the Viña del Mar Festival Orchestra, made up of 30 Chilean musicians, contributed to give quality and relevance to the event, accompanying both the artists of the competition and the participants of the show. The quality of the orchestra was internationally recognized and applauded by highly demanding directors, composers, artists and producers”, they highlighted.
The union, following the same line, directly summoned the organizers of the event, calling to “reverse the measure and reinstate the Orchestra'' of what is considered the most important music festival in Latin America.
On the other hand, the former orchestra director of the Viña del Mar Festival, Horacio Saavedra, had previously declared on this point that ''the festival is no longer a festival, it is a show of summer for tv So it's not comparable to what we did before. I had the happiness of having the best time of the festival, until 2010 when it went into decline''.
“For me it's not a festival, it's a show . TV shows work with pure recorded tracks, it's all fake, I can't understand how they make talent shows with recorded music, if the music is played live. I don't watch the festival anymore, It's pure anger, but we have the best memories of other times,” he said.