Si vous désirez lire tout l'entrevueHow did you do in the competition?
I was given Sixth Prize. Karine Georgian won the Gold Medal. I was the only participant out of five Soviet cellists who wasn't a student of Rostropovich at the time, but he had decided accept me as a student after the competition. He later told me that he had tried to push me further down in the competition in order to make sure I was only awarded a Diploma, which was given to the bottom four competitors of the final twelve. He had attempted this because he wanted me to compete again in four years and hopefully get First Prize, which I wouldn't be allowed to attempt if I were in the top eight. I was one of the youngest competitors along with Nathaniel Rosen -- I was 18 and he was 17 -- so I would be much better next time. In any case the results were largely determined beforehand, even though most of the Western members of the jury, like Piatigorsky, Fournier, and particularly Cassadó, were very much in favor of me getting a higher prize than I did. Cassadó even recommended me for First Prize, which was ridiculous. Rostropovich said there was no way I would have made it into the top three. Given that the competition results for the top competitors were more or less determined in advance by the Soviets and their Eastern European allies, I was fortunate to get as high a prize as I did, though my career may have taken a very different path had I been given another shot. David Geringas ended up winning four years later and his career flourished. Nathaniel Rosen, who had been awarded a Diploma in 1966, was given the Gold Medal in 1978, which instantly put him on the international stage.
I don't mean to go on so much about the Tchaikovsky Competition. I actually don't agree with the idea of competitions, since I believe that music is too subjective a field to be judged as if it were a sporting event, which is why I have never agreed to be on a jury at a music competition.
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