Posted at 8:42 AM on July 3, 2009
by Melissa Ousley
Filed under: Piano eComp
Things really began to heat up at the Minnesota International Piano-e-Competition on Thursday. The lineup included two of the youngest contestants, both 20 -- Ukraine's Denis Zhdanov and Piotr Rozanski from Poland. Returning from the 2006 e-Comp were Rui Shi, 26, from China and Howard Na, 23, from the United States. In the '06 Competition, I remember Shi for her elegant playing and her ability to draw the listener into her world. As she performed Ravel's difficult and imaginative work Gaspard de la Nuit yesterday, she did just that.
My Italian blood was pumping with pride as I listened to Alessandro Taverna play Beethoven's Eroica Variations followed by Chopin, Liszt, Ligeti and Stravinsky (Petrouchka). At 25, Taverna has technique (of course), maturity and plenty of style. I'm hopeful that the judges will agree and send him on to the next round.
Listen to my conversation with John Birge
Moments ago, the nine semifinalists of the Minnesota International Piano-e-Competition were announced. The names are below, along with Sunday's schedule for the Schubert Sonata Round:
12:00PM-12:40PM Eric Zuber
12:40PM-1:20PM Hanchien Lee
1:20PM-2:00PM Grace Kim
2:30PM-3:10PM Helene Tysman
3:10PM-3:50PM Rui Shi
3:50PM-4:30PM Alessandro Taverna
5:00PM-5:40PM Howard Na
5:40PM-6:20PM Piotr Rozanski
6:20PM-7:00PM Pavel Yeletsky
As always, your comments are welcome.