The competition industry hides from its corruptionsmain
The World Federation of International Music Competitions starts its 63rd General Assembly today in Norrköping, Sweden, far from the trail of casualties it has created.
The WFIMC ‘represents the interests of more than 120 of the world’s leading music competitions’.
We would be really interested to hear if the assembly has on its agenda a decision to ban teachers from its juries, thereby stopping the corrupt process by which one professor invites another to jury service on a basis of reciprocity.
Or a chairman presides over the victory of his own student.
We would like to know what the WFIMC thinks of the mid-competition rule change at the recent Lang Lang Competition.
Or whether it has a view about women-only competitions.
And whether any other competition will follow the Carl Nielsen in staging their first two rounds behind a curtain.
We’d be delighted to know if these topics are raised.
Somehow, we won’t be holding our breath.