The International Piano-e-Competition is in full swing and the level of playing we heard on Day One set a very high standard. For the Recital Round, which lasts all week, each of the 24 contestants is to present a solo recital program of his or her choice lasting between 65 and 75 minutes. Two of Monday's pianists are returning to this competition after having done quite well in previous years. Hanna Shybayeva placed 5th in 2004 and Victoria Korchinskaya-Kogan placed 2nd in 2002. Chances are they are hoping to do even better this time around. If there was a composer of the day, it was Sergei Prokofiev. We heard three of his sonatas (#2, 6 and 7)!
Piano-e-Competition Web site
Watch live video of the competition.
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Competition founding director Alexander Braginsky and pianist Denis Evstioukhine demonstrate their chops on the Yamaha Disklavier.