June 14, 2024


Buzz The Music

Phoenix MIM conservator repairs musical instruments to enjoy all over again

Internationally renowned violin maker and instrument conservator Rodrigo Correa-Salas has been responsible for sustaining, reviewing, overseeing and preserving all 13,000 devices and objects at Arizona’s Musical Instrument Museum for just more than four many years.

Earlier, he worked in Venezuela, Puerto Rico, Chile and Panama. Like his move to Arizona, most of individuals moves were predicated on invites. When he lived in Venezuela, he was invited to audition for the Puerto Rico Conservatory of Songs as a student. When he lived in Chile after graduation, he was invited to function in Panama as the main luthier — a string instrument maker — for orchestras throughout Central The united states.

Then, in July 2017, Correa-Salas obtained a connect with from Manuel Jordán, deputy director and main curator of MIM, the world’s most significant international instrument museum, inviting him to job interview in Phoenix to be the museum’s conservator.

“When I received below and I noticed the spot, I was in really like,” Correa-Salas claimed. “It was like, ‘wow. It would be an honor to be right here, I thought, ‘I want to be section of this.’ It was quick.”

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Musical Instrument Museum Conservator Rodrigo Correa-Salas poses for a photo at the MIM Conservation Lab on March 7, 2022, in Phoenix, Ariz.

‘If you like what you do, you will be okay’ 

Correa-Salas was born in Santiago, Chile, surrounded by musicians. His grandpa was the orchestra conductor for the Santiago Symphony Orchestra. His mom danced professionally as a Spanish dancer and ballerina.

The artistic community foreshadowed the professions of Correa-Salas and his brothers — one is now a painter and sculptor and an additional is an orchestra conductor in Miami, Florida.