We’ve been looking again at the list of 84 selected contestants for the Chopin Competition in Warsaw this October.
Why 84? It’s arbitrary.
Who are the competitors? Almost all of them unknown.
In that case, why not add a name that will add fireworks to the Chopin?
Lucas Debarge was placed last in the Tchaikovsky piano finals in Moscow. He was, by most accounts, the most exciting contender. Largely self-taught and barely able to afford a suit, he may not have had the funds to enter the Chopin.
Wouldn’t it be wonderful if the organisers were to co-opt a last-minute Frenchman?