More horrors from the dubious world of musical contests.
Last week in the Ukraine they held the first Oleh Krysa International Violin Competition. Krysa (below) is described as ‘an international violinist’. A new event with a 20,000 Euros first prize it drew talent from major conservatories around the world.
Reports from an insider say the strongest competitors were eliminated in the opening round. Two winners were announced at the weekend. Both, believe it or not, are students of Oleh Krysa, founder of the competition and chairman of the jury.
After an outcry, the videos of the final round were taken down on Youtube and a row continues over the prizes.
A Russian violinist, Oleg Kurochkin, vented his outrage on The Violin Channel: ‘What a shame!1st prize of Krysa competition divided between students of chairman of jury,actually Krysa. Listen to their caprices on the 1st round.They should not pass even to semifinal! And they did not play a obligatory piece by heart as written in rules of competition.’
Moral of the story: beware talent contests.