The Honourable Angela Cheng, presiding...
July 13, 2004
Pianist Angela Cheng has a
distinguished track record in international competition, including a Gold Medal
at the Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Competition and a First Prize at
the Montreal International Musical Competition (MIMC). In addition to her own stellar
career as a pianist, Cheng teaches at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. This
past June, she sat on the jury of the Montreal International Musical
Competition. I had a chance to interview her before this year's competition took
LSM: What motivated you to take part in this
competition as a member of the jury?
AC: My real motivation is helping the
next generation of pianists. I ran through the competition gauntlet myself, and
I feel it's an important way to discover the truly great talents of the period.
I'm also very proud to be a part of the MIMC jury because this is where my
international career really got its start.
LSM: What link do you see between musicianship
and competitive success?
AC: Well, that's a very delicate
matter. All judgements about music are subjective, of course, and comparing
musicians during a competition is always difficult. Ultimately the preferences
of the jury hold sway, so different juries will produce different
LSM: Do you believe competitions can really help
the careers of young musicians?
AC: Yes, I do. Any chance to be heard
in performance is a good thing for these young musicians, I
LSM: What would you say is the ideal competition
experience for them to have?
AC: That's a tough question. Sometimes
a competition will have very positive and stimulating effects, and sometimes it
will be just devastating. It all depends on the attitude the competitors have.
They have to remember that they're winners just by participating in the event,
because the stress of preparing their music and then performing it under
scrutiny makes them better, more experienced musicians. [Translated by Tim