Olympic Games do not have losers
The present era of Internet, mobile phones and Nintendo games makes it increasingly difficult to preserve the traditional cultural values. In order to guarantee a high standard of musical practice also for the future, some elements are indispensable such as a thorough musical education. Traditions in musical education show a great diversity in the various parts of the world though it is evident that talent does not know any national borders. International music competitions enable us therefore to compare the different ‘schools’. The worldwide increase in piano contests proves that this way of making music remains essential and enjoys a wide popularity not only with the participants but also with the audience.
This year, the Enschede piano competition is held for the fifth time. And again, both the number of candidates and the artistic level of the young pianists show an upward trend. I do hope that the 2008 competition will become a true music festival for all those concerned. I wish all candidates good luck and the audience much pleasure in listening to them!
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