Presentation Gunilla von Bahr and Paul Robertson:
recital of flute, Gunilla von Bahr made a presentation on the special needs that
young musicians from Sarajevo and Mostar had after the war. A program of
assistance was put in practice by the Royal College in Stockholm and the Music
Academy in Stockholm. Instruments were donated and music therapists were trained
A network was created, starting from Dubrovnik (winter school) where 10
string quartets of young musicians from 10 different countries met. Two string
orchestras were formed.
The Young Musicians World Peace Orchestra participated in the Davos Meeting
of the World Economic Forum playing (without a conductor) and hoping for a
support from the world leaders but they did not receive any support. What they
wanted to demonstrate is that people can live a life in peace and be creative,
irrespective of country of origin or religion.
Paul Robertson argued in favour of orchestras without a conductor.
“Conductors are very well paid, more appreciated than the orchestra, but it is
the orchestra which does all the work.”
Remarks from the floor:
The funding problem may become
worse, when you do not have a conductor, a charismatic figure. A conductor can
have a powerful image. But in Davos there was an orchestra without a leader in
front of the world leaders.
An orchestra might lack focus (a focus that a
conductor may offer).
You should not promote non-leadership. There is a need
of some sort of leadership, but it could be a leadership to be developed by all
the members of the community.
The main reason, why we do need leaders in
artistic production is that we need a focus.
Pär Stenbäck: “The Orchestra needs a focus, even if it’s only symbolic. In
order to get funds, ask one leading business to be your protector”.