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Classical Notes: July 8, 2006 Archive

Schubert Round - 7:00pm

Posted at 7:07 PM on July 8, 2006 by Valerie Kahler
Filed under: Piano eComp

Greetings from Sundin Hall. The crowd is milling about as we await the final performer of this competition round. It's a good showing, with the lower half of the hall filled to about 90%. Many (if not all) of the other performers are all in the audience, some following along with scores. What a good idea! I think I'll see if I can lay my hands on some of the quintet scores before Tuesday's performance.

There's really something to this notion of "star quality." The pianists I've seen today have oceans of it. I spend so much of my time shut in a glass booth with a stack of CDs and a microphone that sometimes I forget how spectacular a live performance can be.

Piano-e-Competition Web site
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We're down to six

Posted at 8:35 PM on July 8, 2006 by Melissa Ousley (1 Comments)
Filed under: Piano eComp

Moments ago, Alexander Braginsky announced the six finalists who will go on to compete in the last two Rounds of the e-Competition. He also told us that a Schubert prize winner had been selected, but we won't find out who that person is until Thursday night at the Awards Ceremony. I know you're dying to know the names of the six, so here we go:

Victoria Korchinskaya-Kogan
Gregory De Turck
Edisher Savitski
Mikhail Mordvinov
Ryo Yanagitani
Einav Yarden

Tomorrow, they rehearse with the Nicollet Quartet and on Monday each will perform in the Chamber Music Round. By the way, I hope you like Brahms because four of the six will be playing his Piano Quintet--and those are back-to-back performances! The Concerto Round is another story. Six different pieces and six different composers. Click on the link below to learn more.

Piano-e-Competition Web site
Watch live video of the competition.

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