The Van Cliburn competition has asked Leonard Slatkin to be its next jury chairman, succeeding John Giordano who held the seat for 40 years.
That much is – or is about – to become public knowledge.
Behind the scenes, we understand that Slatkin and others are working hard on the jury process to reduce the influence of powerful teachers on the selection and progress of contestants. Fort Worth is aware of the Indy debacle. It will not be allowed to happen elsewhere.
Slatkin, 70, is music director of the Detroit and Lyon (France) symphony orchestras… and a clean pair of hands.