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A Taiwanese wins the tiniest prize

Besancon was once a great prize for young conductors. Today, it offers a mere 12,000 Euros ($16,000) in prize money and a few low-grade dates.

Nevertheless, 296 contestants paid a high fee for the privilege of entry.

The winner, announced last night, is Wu Yao-yu (left), aged 24, from Taiwan.

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  1. John sparks says:

    Might not sound like a lot, but its a hell of a lot more than most composers prizes….

  2. Gary Carpenter says:

    And composers do a bit more than flap their arms around for a couple of hours.

  3. Some flap their arms, while holding a pencil and a piece of paper, and then call it a symphony.

  4. Marguerite Foxon says:

    “A mere $16,000″ is a “tiniest prize” ??? What planet are you on?

  5. The prize money for that “tiny prize” is equivalent to the average yearly pay for a teacher of instrumental music in Germany.

  6. Ummm, I think the issue being raised here is that they took in 74000 euros in application fees and of that they offered a prize of 12000 euros.

  7. but they have to travel to 3 places for preselections, to make it as fair as possible – instead of asking for dvd…

  8. You should take the time to see a list of some of the previous winners. It also comes with twenty, maybe more, guest appearances with orchestras around the globe.

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