Music: Career Contest

"Competitions are the only way to give impetus to a career—until someone thinks of a better way," said Pianist Agustin Anievas last week. He spoke with authority: Anievas had just won the first annual Dimitri Mitropoulos International Music Competition—a brand-new contest designed to uncover talented new pianists both from the U.S. and abroad.

Distinguished instrumental competitions are not rare in the U.S.. but lately not even the tough Leventritt International Competition, which awards a first prize only in the years the talent merits one. has attracted the foreign talent that Moscow's Tchaikovsky Competition drew in its first year (1958), when it boosted...

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