Prizewinner thanks his teacher – on the jury

The 6th International Lovro von Matacic conducting competition in Zagreb ended last night with a Romanian,  Gabriel Bebeselea, as winner and second prize split between a Japanese, So Awatsuji, and an American Dean Whiteside, a protege of the late Lorin Maazel.

So Awatsuji caused a bit of a stir by announcing in the televised interview that he was a student of the British jury member, Colin Metters, and thanking him.

An unexpected candour, in the circumstances.

 

So AWATSUJI 1

The jury consisted of: Nikša Bareza (chair), Vladimir Kranjčević, Sreten Krstić, Colin Metters, Frano Parać, Thomas Sanderling and Dian Tchobanov.

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  • Certainly an inept display by the award winner. This type of behaviour, though, is par for the course in Japan (we see it all the time)

  • No doubt So Awatsuji has studied at a masterclass at some point with Colin Metters, as have hundreds of others. But he is not a ‘student’ of Metters as is implied here. Metters doesn’t even have a regular class anymore.

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