Posted at 8:44 PM on July 7, 2013
by Melissa Ousley
First of all, let me say that the name is misleading. Once you get past the fact that the contestants are young, 17 and under, there's nothing very junior about the International e-Piano Jr. Competition which got underway this weekend at Shattuck-St. Mary's School in Faribault.
On Saturday and Sunday, each of the 19 contestants played a 25 minutes solo recital. Requirements of that round are Bach, a movement from a Classical sonata, and a virtuoso etude. The rest is up to the contestant. That included lots of Chopin, as well as Debussy, Prokofiev, Schumann, Ravel and Scriabin.
What impressed me the most is the high level of playing. Most of the time, you don't listen and think how remarkable the playing is for someone who is only 15. It's just remarkable.
Performances are archived on the competition website. I encourage you to listen.