Next year’s prestigious Paganini Competition in Genoa, Italy, is under reconstruction.
Fabio Luisi, music director of Zurich Opera and the Danish radio orchestra, is to be its artistic director.
He has decided not to allow major teachers onto the jury. Instead, he tells Slipped Disc, ‘I will put people who really can help the winners to build up a career: general managers of orchestras (e.g. Filarmonica della Scala), agents, conductors, journalists’ – plus – a former winner of the competition and the concertmaster of an orchestra.
Like many of us, Fabio Luisi is disturbed by the whiff of insiderism arising from Indianapolis, where four finalists out of six are students of members of the jury.
It is not uncommon for teachers who appear on international competition juries to charge $1,000 per 45-minute lesson.
The revitalised Paganini Competition could help break the mould, and the racket.