Shanghai opens Isaac Stern contest with questions over its jurymain
The jury for the first Isaac Stern violin competition in Shanghai, which opens today, includes three judges with conflicting interests.
Zakhan Bron (pictured) is renowned for choosing his own students as winners and Boris Kuschnir, also suspected of favouritism, chaired the Joseph Joachim competition in which the Russian winner had been his student; the same young man is now competing in Shanghai.
Elmar Oliveira recently opened his own violin competition.
The results will come under close scrutiny.