Source: The Dark Side of Piano Competitions, by Michael Johnson, AUG. 7, 2009 [reproduced here also]

[...] A petition now circulating has attracted more than 500 signatures urging “transparency” and an end to the secret ballot. A questionnaire from the same people asks pianists to list jurors they would least like to perform for. The survey was organized by two competition level pianists.


I would be simultaneously heartened and saddened every time I saw this wisdom, which also reminded me of Charles Ives’s famous statement, greatly strengthened by the fact that he uttered these words to the Pulitzer Prize committee in refusing their award, that “prizes are for little boys.”

Also, where can I find the petition above?

  • Glenn Gould: See his essay "We Who Are About To Be Disqualified Salute You!". John O'Connor isn't much of a fan either, calling them "a necessary evil": tinyurl.com/yaq4rv95 – Aaron Jul 15 at 0:14

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