All this made me reflect, as I do from time to time, on the pros and cons of music competitions. And in a sudden epiphany, an entirely new way of running a music competition occurred to me. Permit me to share it with you.
My competition would be open to any musician in the world under the age of 30, who has already won a second- or third-place prize at a major competition, but has never won a first prize. First-prize winners would be excluded. (I’ll explain why a little further on.)