Music: Orange v. Bicycle

Hulking Gregor Piatigorsky, topflight cello virtuoso, would like to see younger musicians get ahead, too. But last week in San Diego, where he paused between concert tours, Cellist Piatigorsky took a swipe at an old method of helping young artists—musical competitions. Said he: "I shall never again be a contest judge. Too often they are downright absurd. Why insult and discourage 14, let us say, to honor or help one?" The last time he judged a contest. Piatigorsky said, he and his fellow judge, Violinist Jascha Heifetz, heard a singer, a flutist, a clarinetist and a composer. "Now how can one...

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