China has just upped the ante in music contests with an unprecedented first prize for a piano contest winner.
The First China International Music Competition will be held in Beijing from May 4 to 21, 2019. Entry is by invitation only.
The competition president is Li-guang Wang, head of the China Conservatory of Music. The jury will consist mostly of professors, chaired by Juilliard’s influential Yoheved Kaplinsky.
UPDATE: we understand that no student of any jury member has been invited.
The final round will be accompanied by the Philadelphia Orchestra, with it music director, Yannick Nézet-Séguin.
The general director is Richard Rodzinski, former head of the Van Cliburn and the Tchaikovsky competitions.