Gergiev's Tchaikovsky competition – not so clean, after all?
No sooner had word broken yesterday of the contestants in Valery Gergiev’s new-look Tchaikovsky Competition this summer than low rumblings were heard from the cello section all over the world.
Several high-calibre contestants who did not make the cut pointed out that no fewer than six of the cello finalists are past or recent pupils of David Geringas, who forcefully chaired the jury.
The six are: Janina Ruh, Norbert Anger, Valentin Radutiu (Germany), Edgar Moreau (France), Seung Min Kang (Korea) and Umberto Clerici (Italy).
This is not quite the jury-rigging scandal of old times but it does suggest that, in Moscow, past habits die hard.
Seung Min Kang. photo: cellist.nl
And Jessica Duchen
has just pointed out that there are no British contestants in any category – odd, given the past successes of John Ogdon, Peter Donohoe and Barry Douglas.