The Queen Elizabeth competition for violin was won last night at midnight by a Korean, Lim Ji Young, 20.
She receives 25,000 euros ($27,470) and a four-year loan of a 1708 Stradivarius from the Nippon Music Foundation.
Second was Oleksii Semenenko of Ukraine and third William Hagen of the USA.
Our contacts in the jury room say the judging was fair, according the rules.
But they may have stuck too closely to the rules, picking a safe and correct player above talents of greater potential.
Stephen Waarts of San Francisco, who came fifth, brought the house down with his final Bartok performance and walked off unusually with both audience prizes, French and Flemish (there’s not much the two halves of Belgium can ever agree upon).
So, why didn’t he win?