We’re hearing of a huge row in Hannover over the status of the Sibelius concerto played by Cosima Soulez Larivière, student of the competition’s founder, Krzysztof Wegrzyn, in the final round.
Apparently it’s the only one of the six final performances that has not been posted on Youtube.
So we thought we’d help the debate by posting the finale here.
UPDATE: The complete performance can be found on the competition website (which few will visit), but not on Youtube as a lasting record.
For those who object to our posting, let me point out that every Saturday, a footballer younger than this girl misses an open goal. The clip of that miss will be repeated and analysed ad nauseam. Should it be banned from TV? Of course not. The footballer, if he’s good enough, will learn from his mistake and be strengthened by the exposure.
This violinist entered a competition under implicit pressure from her teacher, its director. IMusic competitions are a tough part of the entertainment sector. Those who enter do so at their own risk. The rest of us have a duty to try – against overwhelming odds -to keep the process clean.