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Piano competitions #2779319
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What do you think is the purpose of competitions? Can they help establish a career? Do you think they are necessary to do? Also, what do you think the judges look for? Good technique, understanding of the music or maybe a bit of both?

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Re: Piano competitions [Re: Vilhelm Moqvist] #2779342
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Big competitions are not necessary to establish a career. Yuja Wang, Lang Lang, Evgeny Kissin...

OTOH competitions can definitely launch a career. Trifonov, Pollini, Ashkenazy...

The big competitions can give a pianist exposure, but they must be able to capitalise on this.



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The purpose is to find new talented pianists.
Most of the time majority of the jury members are past competitors and teachers. Their expertise is to find THE most promising pianist. Stage presence, personality, connecting with the music and passing it to the audience are some of the things they look for. Solid technique is considered as a default prerequisite but is not enough alone.

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Vitaly Margulis always said that competitions are a great way to perform for other talented pianists, but you can't care about winning or loosing...just view it as an opportunity to play and be exposed to a very high level of playing. His book "Bagatelles, Op.12" is an excellent read for his thoughts on music and performing!


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