The final results are in at the ARD competition in Munich and they are … a massive fudge.
The first prize was withheld in every section except viola, where South Korea’s Yura Lee got the judges’ vote. Well done her, and them.
In the other three disciplines – violin, bassoon and piano trio – only second prizes were given.
So who’s at fault? Is the talent inferior? Are the judges indecisive? Or is the whole competition business in need of a mighty overhaul?