In the vivid XIXth century Parisian society, competitions among young musicians, singers and composers played a crucial role in all those young careers (such as the Prix de Rome for young composers).
In this XXIth wired-century, television is the only way these new generations of artists can have a direct link with the audience as a whole, since you can now cast your vote online after watching their performances.
Some will say these competitions don't have the aura of Operalia or other recognized institutions. Yet, the public's opinion is the reward many seek in engaging in such careers.
So, if you have a short while to spare, you can do just that: let someone know they have some anonymous music lover who believe they can achieve their goal. You can vote online for the French Victoires de la Musique Classique until January 30.
Two categories are open to the public: best young instrumental soloist and best young lyric artist. My votes went to trumpeter Romain Leleu whose interpretation on Gluck's Orfeo ed Euridice is hypnotizing, and to bass Yuri Kissin who has a superb timbre.