Did Bartok have it right when he famously declared that “competitions are for horses, not artists”?
Improvisation is supposed to be spontaneous. So it’s fitting that when Hilary Hahn did it for the first time, it was pretty much by accident.
A piano was one of the symbols of her lonely fight against political oppression. Now her name has been given to a new gold medal by Fanny Waterman, another great woman of our times
It’s the fiercest, sweatiest, most nerve-shredding competition in the classical world. Tom Service reports from Moscow