A number of people have contacted Slipped Disc describing the Mahler Conducting Competition at Bamberg as a farce that broke its own rules. Its results are therefore worthless and should be revoked.
Among other breaches, one candidate was a last minute insertion to the second round and three others were awarded third prize despite having been eliminated from the final round.
Some members of the orchestra have said that the winner’s performance of Mahler’s 4th symphony was unidiomatic and sluggish. But his agency’s former CEO was on the jury and he was declared winner for lack of any other outstanding talent.
Here’s his closing concert performance.