Violin competition gets a major clean-up

September 26, 2017 by norman lebrecht


The German violinist Linus Roth was named today Artistic Director of the Leopold Mozart International Violin Competition in Augsburg.

He immediately announced two major changes. Students and ex-students of jurors and the Artistic Director will not be allowed to compete. hat eliminates one form of corruption.

The jury will consist both of violinists, and of other instrumentalists and conductors with the aim of discovering a musical personality, rather than a technical automaton.

We’re delighted to see that Slipped Disc’s competition clean-up campaign is taking root. Other competitions please take note.


Comments (4)

  1. Monika Saunders ARTISTIC DIRECTOR of Music and Opera at woodhouse says:

    much needed change I have wondered sometimes about the choice of prizewinners

  2. Rosana Martins says:

    Wonderful initiative! Let us hope all competitions follow suit.

  3. Gerhard says:

    “We’re delighted to see that Slipped Disc’s competition clean-up campaign is taking root.” Oh, pleeeease! Are you seriously insinuating that this good development in Augsburg is happening because of your blog?

  4. Laurie says:

    Well it may not be DIRECTLY or EXCLUSIVELY because of Slipped Disc, but the more people talk about the rampant corruption, the more likely change will come. I say bravo to Slipped Disc for at least being part of the conversation.

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