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Julian Lloyd Webber: the majority of music competitions are corrupt

The internationally renowned cellist, says it is open secret among professional musicians that talent is not the deciding factor in music competitions

9:38AM BST 25 Jul 2014

The majority of music competitions are corrupt, Julian Lloyd Webber has said, as he warned that judges often collude to ensure victory for their preferred candidates.

The internationally renowned cellist, who retired from playing in April, said it was an open secret among professional musicians that talent is not the deciding factor in most single-instrument contests.

He claimed that many teachers used the competitions as a way to promote their own pupils.

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