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I hope you like Chopin!

Posted at 9:56 AM on July 11, 2013 by Melissa Ousley

It was just after 9 last night when the five finalists for the International e-Piano Junior Competition were announced. I've been following this competition since 2006 and this year I had the hardest time choosing my top five. In fact, by this time there is often a clear leader among the contestants. I would say, that's not the case this year.

What does that mean for you? Head to Ted Mann Concert Hall Friday afternoon to hear the Final/Concerto Round and decide for yourself. The free concert starts at 4 o'clock. If you can't make it, we'll broadcast the event live on Classical MPR. Musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra and conductor Mark Russell Smith have one rehearsal (that's it!) this afternoon. Here's the rundown:

Yuanfan Yang, 16 from the UK: Chopin Piano Concerto No. 1
Christopher Son Richardson, 14, USA: Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 1
Carmen Knoll, 15, USA: Chopin Piano Concerto No. 2
JiaXin Min, 17, China: Prokofiev Piano Concerto No. 3
Eric Lu, 15, USA: Chopin Piano Concerto No. 1