Monika Grütters: The German culture minister has been a leading advocate in the value of arts to society
Chopin Competition: Clean, transparent and producing a worthy winner
Semper Oper, Dresden: The first cultural institution to condemn anti-refugee movements
Cleveland Orchestra: America’s finest, despite severe social blight.
Kirill Petrenko: The shy maestro (l.) who told the Berlin Phil to wait and the media to get lost
Billionaire Ron Perelman: Tried to sack Carnegie Hall’s boss in a major ego clash
The abominable Ms Park: Beheaded the Seoul Philharmonic (late qualifier)
Lang Lang: Not so much a concert pianist, more a multi-brand
Zakhar Bron: His students are bound to win
Dallas Symphony: Too chicken to fly
So who have we forgotten?