There’s ‘fair play and high quality in all our competitions’

There’s ‘fair play and high quality in all our competitions’


norman lebrecht

October 07, 2018

The World Federation of International Music Competitions has paid for an expensive supplement in the current issue of BBC Music magazine.

It opens with this statement: ‘The World Federation of International Music Competitions   ensures fair play and high quality and provides and arena for discussion and mutual support among members.’

Mutual support must come in handy when Zakhar Bron and Boris Kuschnir – to name two of the worst miscreants – enable yet another of their students to take top prizes in a contest that they judge. Maybe it’s the mutual support that allows these practices to continue.

Would the WFIMC like to offer its view of events like this?




  • Myrtar says:

    It’s part of the industry and it happens with competitions of all kinds. The Echo Award renamed itself to “Opus” but it’s all the same sham, the board is made of the CEOs of the recording companies that literally grant awards to themselves. It’s like running alone and giving yourself a gold medal and ask for others to praise you for your achievement.

  • John Smith says:

    However, it takes a lot of hard work to get into Bron’s or Kushnir’s class. Competition starts EARLY.

    Nepotism may be rife at competitions, but many musicians (both beneficiaries and victims) know that it IS about who you know, and that without getting into a famous teacher’s class, it may be difficult or impossible to get anywhere. Sadly that’s how things work

  • Saxon Broken says:

    Is winning a competition an aim in itself? Or is it a step towards a performing career. If the later, then winning a rigged competition must be next to worthless.