12. September 2009 · Comments Off on Well Yes, That’s How It Works · Categories: News

While the Philharmonic’s statements sound pretty definitive, a CSO spokeswoman said that Dufour remains under contract with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and is only taking a leave of absence for the 2009-2010 season. The French flutist will continue to be a part-time presence with the CSO this coming season, playing in programs led by Riccardo Muti, Bernard Haitink and Pierre Boulez.

This is talking about the principal flutist of CSO, Mathieu Dufour. He is going to play principal flute in the LA Phil this year. (I’m assuming he won an audition there.)

When one is in a group already, but wins an audition for something else, it’s always best to take a leave if contractually possible. Tenure has to be won in the new group, and it’s also possible that the musician may realize the move wasn’t desirable after all.

I read about it here.