The Novosibirsk international violin competition was won by Sara Dragan, from Poland. She is a student of the jury chairman, Zakhar Bron.
Sara, 20, is promising and may well make a career on her own merits. The prize is worth $2,000 and the competition is obscure. But the farce allows Sara to style herself a competition winner and Zakhar to show he can still produce them.
This latest little victory has history.
In 2018, Sara won the Wieniawski competition in Lublin, where the chairman was…. you guessed.
A year earlier she won the Young Paganini competition in Poland. It was founded by her mother, with a Bron assistant on the jury.
So it goes.
And the competition industry continues to turn a blind eye.