Our observer at the Bartók violin competition, held at the Liszt Academy in Budapest, was encouraged to see several unfancied outsiders get through to the semi-finals.
That was before the judges woke up. In the final, all the contestants are students, or past students, of members of the jury.
Gabor Hamoki, Hungary, attended Liszt Academy and studied with a juror, Barnabas Kelemen
Yoerae Kim – South Korea, has studied at the Liszt Academy for 8 years
Chisa Kitagawa, Japan, student of juror Takashi Shimizu
Agnes Langer, Hungary, local favourite
Cosima Soulez Lariviere, Netherlands/France, student of juror Krzysztof Wegrzyn
Una Stanic, Serbia, had masterclasses with Krzysztof Wegrzyn
Ririko Takagi, Japan, student of juror Takashi Shimizu
The finals are tonight.
The outcome: Teacher’s pet wins all.
What was it Béla Bartók once said? ‘Competitions are for horses, not artists’.