Posted at 10:00 AM on July 1, 2009
by Melissa Ousley
Filed under: Piano eComp
The Minnesota International Piano-e-Competition is underway at Hamline University's Sundin Hall. I was there for all of day one (Tuesday) which included solo recitals from five of the 21 contestants. Highlights for me came from German pianist Andrej Yussow and Han-Chien Lee of Taiwan. Jussow, 28, captured my attention with his diverse program (Schnittke, Bach, Beethoven and Chopin), his overall musicianship, and his willingness to play softly. What I liked most about Han-Chien Lee's playing was her interpretation of Ravel's Miroirs. It illustated her deep understanding of impressionism and her ability to exhibit that in the colors she drew from the piano.
The Recital Round continues through Friday. Playing begins at noon and runs until 8 pm. The public is welcome to attend and, best of all, admission is free. If you decide to stop by, be sure to bring a sweater or two. It's cold in there!
Listen to my conversation with John Birge