The first International Violin Competition Viktor Tretyakov has yielded no surprises.
First prize went to Sergey Dogadin, a student of jury member Boris Kuschnir.
Second prize was shared between Chisa Kitagawa, student of jury member Takashi Shimizu, and Runyin Zhang, who studies with jury member Vera Tsu Weiling.
Kuschnir had previously helped Dogadin to win the Joachim competition.
Like most major violin competitions, the Tretyakov is discredited from the outset.
How do these professors get away with it?