11. June 2012 · 4 comments · Categories: News

The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra has chosen to not name a winner in its nationwide online concerto competition.

Music director Manfred Honeck announced the first-of-its-kind contest in February. Honeck and symphony officials came up with the idea in hopes of finding talented musicians who were not already represented by talent agencies and who, otherwise, might not have come to the symphony’s attention.

Orchestra official Robert Moir said Monday that not selecting a winner “was a very difficult decision,” but officials expect to try the experiment again and would apply lessons learned from this attempt.



  1. patti with an i

    “not already represented by talent agencies” = “naive and absurdly grateful for an insultingly low fee,” perhaps?

    As for “applying lessons learned,” how about “gee, perhaps people can recognize a stupid gimmick when they see one?”

  2. Talent agencies??

  3. Yeah, gimmicks abound, patti with an i. Sigh.

  4. I’m wondering where my talent agency is, Bob …?