The International Maj Lind Piano Competition in Helsinki, Finland, has selected 44 pianists from 195 applicants.
They come from 16 countries: South Korea (10 competitors), Finland (6), United States (5), Russia (4), China (3), Germany (3), Indonesia (2), Israel (2), Italy (2), Spain (1), Georgia (1), Great Britain (1), Canada (1), Norway (1), Ukraine (1) and New Zealand (1).
This is becoming a familiar phenomenon. The South Koreans send in vast numbers of applications, of whom a proportion reach the final round and one or two will receive awards, thereby giving an impression of a national powerhouse.
Who funds all these applications and how are they organised? Is there a state body that sends them in, or a private foundation? Either way, the impression is being given that the future of music is Korean.
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