Carl Nielsen International Competition to focus on fairness

The Carl Nielsen International Competition for violin, clarinet and flute has announced new transparency measures.

“In putting together the components for the 2019 Carl Nielsen International Competition, we have tried to focus on what we believe are the most crucial aspects from the perspective of the participating musicians: namely – offering a platform and transparency,” said Nikolaj Znaider, artistic advisor for the violin strand.

He continued: “Firstly, the jury will not include any teachers; secondly, votes will be made public at every stage of the competition; thirdly, the jury will not be provided with biographies in the first round and will be encouraged not to read up on the participants in their spare time.”

The competition will also make use of screens so that jurors cannot see the performers for some of the rounds.

“I think this will be very interesting and provides a way of freeing the violin jury of pre-conceived ideas and allowing for the competition to be both fair and honest,” added the violinist. Martin Fröst and Emmanuel Pahud lead the clarinet and flute strands respectively.

Running from 21-31 March it is the first time the competition has been held in Carl Nielsen’s hometown of Odense, Denmark. The Odense Symphony Orchestra will accompany the candidates, with streaming each round.