Luthier at Phoenix museum repairs string devices to participate in yet again

Internationally renowned violin maker and instrument conservator Rodrigo Correa-Salas has been responsible for retaining, examining, overseeing and preserving all 13,000 instruments and objects at Arizona’s Musical Instrument Museum for just in excess of 4 several years.

Formerly, he worked in Venezuela, Puerto Rico, Chile and Panama. Like his go to Arizona, most of these moves were predicated on invites. When he lived in Venezuela, he was invited to audition for the Puerto Rico Conservatory of Songs as a college student. When he lived in Chile after graduation, he was invited to work in Panama as the main luthier — a string instrument maker — for orchestras across Central The us.

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

“When I bought listed here and I saw the place, I was in adore,” Correa-Salas mentioned. “It was like, ‘wow. It would be an honor to be below, I assumed, ‘I want to be part of this.’ It was easy.”

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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 really 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 mother danced professionally as a Spanish dancer and ballerina.

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