Breakthrough: No teachers on next Van Cliburn jurymain
A major competition has finally broken with the tyranny and collusion of conservatory teachers who vote for each others’ students.
The 2017 jury, all noted performers, will be:
Leonard Slatkin, jury chairman (United States)
Arnaldo Cohen (Brazil)
Jean-Philippe Collard (France)
Christopher Elton (United Kingdom)
Marc-André Hamelin (Canada)
Joseph Kalichstein (Israel)
Mari Kodama (Japan)
Anne-Marie McDermott (United States)
Alexander Toradze (United States/Georgia)
UPDATE: It has been pointed out that one of the above-named is primarily a teacher. He’s the token teacher on a panel of performers. This is a vast improvement on past Cliburns and general competition practice.