The veteran violin teacher takes a dim view of the recent Isaac Stern contest in Shanghai. Here’s what he tells Slipped Disc:
No surprises with the result of The Shanghai Isaac Stern International Violin Competition.
With the convoluted scoring system, judges were allowed to vote for their pupils giving excessively high marks, and lower grades to worthy competitors. When will competitions adopt the simple rule that can bring about an honest winner?
Teachers who accept the role of being a juror, cannot have a student in the competition. In a court of law, familiarity forbids being a juror , and the same rule should be applied in competitions to achieve fairness .
This unfair practice has become more prevalent in recent years ,where top prizes are invariably students of the jury chairman or teacher on the jury. Their tactics are hidden because many outstanding talents are eliminated in early rounds with deliberately lower scores.
After carefully examining the complex scoring in The Shanghai competition, I am wondering how this esteemed panel arrived at a decision.
From the mixed scores of the final round , I am sure they are equally as bewildered.
Independent observers have reached a similar conclusion,
It is ethically unacceptable for teachers to judge their own students. The practice must be banned.