Top musicians are judged as much for their movements as for their melodies

SOME music has always been about the per­for­mance. Watch­ing a rock band live, for exam­ple, is not just a mat­ter of appre­ci­at­ing the qual­ity of the sound. What the musi­cians get up to on stage is almost as impor­tant. But you might think that clas­si­cal music would be immune from such distractions—doubly so when a per­for­mance is being judged as part of a com­pe­ti­tion. How­ever, a study by Chia-Jung Tsay, a con­cert pianist who is also a researcher at Uni­ver­sity Col­lege, Lon­don, sug­gests that even judges award­ing prizes can be swayed by what they see as well as what they hear.”

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