The intensity of the Minnesota International Piano-e-Competition was at full throttle last night as the first three of six finalists presented their concertos with the Minnesota Orchestra. Rehearsal time with the orchestra was fairly minimal, (40 minutes at most), but all of the soloists I spoke with seemed thrilled to be playing with an orchestra of this caliber. Last night we heard Mikhail Mordvinov play Schumann's Piano Concerto in a minor. Gregory DeTurck followed with Rachmoninoff's Concerto #1, and after intermission, Victoria Korchinskaya-Kogan gave a rock-solid performance of Prokofiev's Second Piano Concerto. As I was leaving the parking ramp at Orchestra Hall, I bumped into Alexander Braginsky. He's the President, Artistic Director and Founder of the e-Competition. I told him how impressed I was with the performances and he gave he a smile and a wink and said, "Wait until you hear tomorrow night!"
If you can't make it to Orchestra Hall to hear this evening's performance, please join us for another live broadcast on the Classical music stations of Minnesota Public Radio. Start time is 7:30.
Just got back from vacation in Minneapolis where I discovered the competition on your station. I look forward to the Finals. Thank you very much for this service.
Have been listening to your competition reports in the mornings and afternoons, and have enjoyed them very much. They certainly whetted our appetite for the concerto concert last night (Wed)! It was fantastic - especially the Prokofiev by the pregnant lady in red, Victoria Korchinskaya-Kogan. What a "show-stopper"!! We'll definitely be listening tonight to the other three finalists. Thanks for broadcasting them!!
Keep up the great variety of your programming, and continued kudos to John Berge in the mornings!
Sincerely, Marcia Reinhart