A Slipped Disc reader points out:
Supporters of this year’s Indianapolis Competition’s results are using Ms. Cho’s previous wins at Montreal and Buenos Aires to support and prove the integrity of the Indianapolis Jury. However, looking back on her previous wins, there is a clear trend.
2006 Montreal competition – 1st prize Jinjoo Cho. On the jury was Paul Kantor, her teacher from 2001-2012
2010 Buenos Aires competition – 1st prize Jinjoo Cho. On the jury was David Cerone, president of Cleveland Institute of Music 1985-2008, where Ms Cho graduated.
No reflection on ms Cho or her abilities, rather on a system that is compromised almost beyond redemption.
The more we learn about these competitions, the more they reek of nepotism, protectionism and potential corruption.
We have also received the following letter from the eminent virtuoso and teacher, Aaron Rosand:<
Dear Norman,Thanks for always printing the truth. It’s a pity that the Indianapolis Competition was marred in the earlier rounds. All of the finalists performed admirably. The Korngold and Walton Concertos performed by the top 2 prizewinners were exceptional and certainly worthy of winning.I will continue my battle to “clean up” international competitions and establish a rule that jurors cannot have a student past or present participate except being on the panel. This system works well in the law courts and I cannot see why the same rule cannot be applied to competitions.
Please do continue your enlightening reporting that I have followed for many years.