In an open-access interview with our partners, Hello Stage, the violinist Julian Rachlin recommends up-and-coming players to avoid entering competitions. ‘I don’t like the idea of one person competing against another in music. It’s not a sport… Many musicians don’t like this system. Certain students are being pushed by the jury system, in a very unfair way.’
So how to get started? ‘Try to play to important conductors, when you are ready…. A real talent will always find a way. Don’t get stressed about it.’
Click at 19:00 on the video. Apologies for the boxy sound.