Michael Tilson Thomas
Michael Tilson Thomas Music Director, San Francisco Symphony; Artistic Director, New World Symphony; Principal Guest Conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra
In Tanglewood one summer at the end of the season, I gave a party, and there were all sorts of great young star players there, and I was asking them, "What are you going to do next year?" And they said, "Well, I was going to go to graduate school. I'm not sure if I should or not," or, "I'll try to break into the freelance scene," or, "I've got some part-time job and maybe I'll --" It was very, very uncertain.
I thought, "This is really dangerous for them. This is a kind of drifting that they could experience here. There should be a place where great, young musicians can kind of launch their careers, where they'd have a year or two to just focus not on what the curriculum of their school wanted them to do but what they needed to do to land the position in life that matters to them."
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