Some time ago I was playing a job that had a number of performances, and there were a few conductors who came in and out. It was clear that some musicians disliked one. That happens sometimes. Sometimes it’s the conductor’s fault. Sometimes not. (Sometimes we instrumentalists can be a wee bit difficult, to be honest!)
But, with this particular job I was playing, one of the conductors really was less than stellar and was not easy to work with. That doesn’t mean, though, that we could play poorly.
That’s how it goes. We have to play well no matter what.
I was dismayed when a colleague warned me that his/herwork wouldn’t be quite as good when the difficult conductor was on the podium. Mostly what I heard was disdain for the conductor, a bit of hostility, and disregard for a paying audience who expect us to do our best no matter what.
I have to remind myself to never go there. I don’t want to become “that person”.
I am called to do the best I can do. No excuses.