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Julian Lloyd Webber: Classical Music Competitions Rife with Corruption

Magazine article Strings

Julian Lloyd Webber: Classical Music Competitions Rife with Corruption

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Cellist and educator Julian Lloyd Webber caused quite a stir in July when he told the Times of London that the winners of some prestigious international music competitions are chosen by jurors selecting their own pupils.

Webber, who recently announced his own retirement from the stage due to a neck injury, singled out the Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow as the best example of allegedly crooked judging.

"Everyone knows it, but no one says it, because when you're in the profession, you don't [discuss it]," he said. "There are obvious exceptions, such as BBC Young Musician of the Year, which is not corrupt at all, but you have these competitions for violins, cello, piano, and it's all about who you studied with."

According to a report in the Guardian, reforms have been introduced into the quadrennial Tchaikovsky Competition, which was last held in 2011. …

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