Why are competitions failing to produce star violinists?main
The past decade has produced outstanding talents on the piano, most of them from major competitions.
Daniil Trifonov (Tchaikovsky), Seong-jin Cho (Chopin), Beatrice Rana (Van Cliburn), Boris Giltburg (Reine Elisabeth) and quite a few others since 2008 have already left big footprints on the concert stage.
But I struggle to name a single winner of a major violin competition who has made a comparable mark apart from, perhaps, Ray Chen (Reine Elisabeth, 2009).
Now why is that?
Last night Montreal announced yet another violin competition. Is that what we really need?