Monday was a rehearsal day for the six finalists of the Minnesota International Piano-e-Competition. Each spent an hour with the Rosalyra Quartet in preparation for today's round of chamber music. They also took time to sit down and chat with me about how things are going. As we move into the last two phases of the competition, the experience moves from solo piano to collaborative and I was curious to know if that might reduce some of the pressure -- maybe even make things fun. The answer to that question was a unanimous, "No!" They have very limited rehearsal time with the quartet and orchestra. Still, they are expected to be in charge and are responsible for how things go.
Here's the schedule for today's chamber music round at Sundin Hall.
Noon: Eric Zuber, Dvorak
12:45 pm: Grace Kim, Dvorak
1:30 pm: Helene Tysman, Schumann
2:15 - 4:00 pm: BREAK
4:00 pm: Alessandro Taverna, Brahms
4:45 pm: Howard Na, Brahms
5:30 pm: Pavel Yeletsky, Brahms
Listen to my conversation with John Birge to learn more about finalists Helene Tysman and Alessandro Taverna