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"The day I enter a music competition is the day the New York Phil and Chicago Symphony duke it out in a steel cage Mahler death match." What are the benfits of music competitions?
The 2009 Van Cliburn Competition for pianists is about to commence, and it's a great opportunity for us to think about the value of music competitions.
Here's a great article about the pros and cons of the Cliburn, with some very insightful quotes from a Rochester favorite, Jon Nakamatsu.
I'm a little put off by competitions, ever since my brass quintet entered a chamber music competition. We were finalists in the wind chamber ensemble group, but ended up losing to a saxophone quartet. Now everyone knows that the saxophone is way sexier than the trombone, and that they can play way more notes. But the beef I had was that the only wind player on the judging panel was a saxophonist. And the quartet that won? Four of his students.
Still though, I'd pay good money for a NYP/CSO steel cage Mahler death match. THAT would be a tough one to call...