The so-called ‘grand finalists’ in this week’s Singapore Violin Competition are all students of jury members:
Chisa Kitagawa, Japan – a student of juror Takashi Shimizu
Sergei Dogadin, Russia – a student of juror Boris Kuschnir
Oleksandr Korniev, Ukraine – a teaching assistant at YST Conservatory in Singapore and past student of Qian Zhou, chair of jury
Dogadin (pictured) has already been helped by Kuschnir to win two other prizes.
The result hardly matters.
What does mater is that 30 young violinists have been enticed to enter the Singapore contest under false pretences. They should hire a lawyer and sue for the return of their expenses.
They would be setting an important precedent.