Tonight at 7:30, the final round of the Minnesota International Piano-e-Competition begins with the first three of our six finalists taking center stage. This time they'll be at Orchestra Hall with the Minnesota Orchestra and conductor Mark Russell Smith. On tap are two concertos by Rachmaninoff and the Piano Concerto #2 by Chopin. The Rachmaninoff soloists, Eric Zuber and Grace Eun Hae Kim, are both students at the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore. Earlier this week, I asked them if that added to the tension at the e-Comp. They both said, "Absolutely not!" In fact, Eric said they've been inseparable and are a great support to one another. Helene Tysman is from Paris and she'll play the Chopin tonight. Her face lit up when she told me how much she loves Chopin's music. That was clear in the opening round when she wowed the audience with her performance of the complete Preludes, Op. 28. There's little doubt in my mind that her concerto will be a highlight of the competition.
Listen to my conversation with John Birge to learn more about finalists Eric Zuber and Grace Eun Hae Kim
Thanks, MPR for being such a big part of the Piano e-Competition. What a coup once again for the Twin Cities ! And am delighted to see & hear that Melissa Ousley is involved as well. She has made it so very special in the past. Thank you. Diana DeVere