Tokyo competition keeps prizes for Japanese teachers’ petsmain
The winner of the Tokyo International Conducting Competition, Nodoka Okisawa, lists two jury members – Tadaaki Otaka and KenTakaseki – as her teachers.
Second and third prizes also went to Japanese contestants. The jury was predominantly Japanese.
So why bother to call it International?
Among the non-placed contestants were the highly-rated Earl Lee, associate conductor of the Pittsburgh Symphony, and Conner Covington, associate of the Utah Symphony.