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e-Piano Finalists announced

Posted at 8:11 AM on July 7, 2011 by Melissa Ousley
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Things stayed interesting at the Minnesota International e-Piano Jr. Competition yesterday. As I listened to the first two contestants on Wednesday afternoon, they seemed to be gaining strength. Remarkable when you consider how much music they must prepare to participate in this "Jr" competition. Basically, three solo recital programs and a movement from a concerto.

At the end of the day, the names of the five finalists were announced. They are:
Misora Ozaki, 15, Japan
Annie Zhou, 13, Canada
Ching-Toa Aristo Sham, 15, Hong Kong
Su Yeon Kim, 17, South Korea
Tristan Teo, 14, Canada

I was hoping Italian pianist Leonardo Colafelice (15) would have made it to the final round. too. I wish you could have heard him play this week. Perhaps you did?

Finals are Friday at noon at Orchestra Hall. A free concert that will feature lots of Chopin. Hope you can come.

Let the playing begin!

Posted at 10:35 AM on July 5, 2011 by Melissa Ousley
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The Minnesota International e-Piano Jr. Competition got underway this weekend in St. Paul. On Saturday and Sunday, 25 contestants from 10 countries took turns performing before a panel of distinguished judges. For the First Round, pianists must play for about 25 minutes, and include music of several genres. Everything is memorized. Because this is a junior competition, pianists must be 17 or younger. In fact, three of them are just 12.

On Sunday night, the judges made the difficult decision as to which contestants would move on to Round Two. This cut, from 25 to 12, is the biggest and can be heartbreaking for those who are eliminated. These kids are tremendously gifted, they work hard, and they're not accustomed to defeat.

Rounds Two and Three are on Tuesday and Wednesday at Hamline University's Sundin Hall in St. Paul. The playing begins at noon each day and lasts until early evening. There is a charge for admission, but it's very reasonable. As I listened to the performances over the weekend there were many times when I said to myself, "I'd pay money to hear this person play." Plus, who knows? You may be in on the discovery of the next classical superstar.

Piano-e-Comp results are in

Posted at 6:11 AM on July 11, 2009 by Melissa Ousley
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Results of the Minnesota International Piano-e-Competition were announced last night at Orchestra Hall by Alexander Braginsky, Co-Founder, Artistic Director and President of the organization. The results meant that winner Alessandro Taverna had the chance to play Chopin's Piano Concerto #1 twice yesterday. First, at noon during the final round of the competition. Then one more time last night in the "victory round." He appeared quite happy to be put in that position and even made time for a charming, jazzy encore by Friedrich Gulda.

First Prize: Alessandro Taverna, Italy
Second Prize: Pavel Yeletsky, Belarus
Third Prize: Helene Tysman, France
Fourth Prize, Eric Zuber, United States
Fifth Prize, Howard Na, United States
Sixth Prize, Grace Eun Hae Kim, South Korea

Pavel Yeletsky was also awarded the Schubert Prize for the best performance of a Schubert Sonata in round two of the competition.

e-Competition's last day

Posted at 9:06 AM on July 10, 2009 by Melissa Ousley
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Today at noon, the remaining finalists of the Minnesota International Piano-e-Competition will be on stage at Orchestra Hall to perform with the Minnesota Orchestra. The chance to play with a world-class ensemble is, no doubt, a wonderful opportunity. Still, there's plenty of pressure. At 6:30 this evening, in an Awards Ceremony also on the Orchestra Hall stage, we'll find out how the judges rated the six finalists. At 8, the 1st prize winner will play his or her concerto one more time with the Minnesota Orchestra.
The lineup for today's noontime concert includes Italy's Alessandro Taverna in Chopin's Concerto #1; Howard Na of the United States plays the Concerto #2 by Saint-Saens; and Rachmaninoff Concerto #3 gets another read, this time by Pavel Yeletsky of Belarus.
For those of you who have been following the competition, I'm curious to know if you have a favorite (or two)?

Listen to my conversation with John Birge to learn more about finalists Howard Na and Pavel Yeletsky
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e-Competition Concerto Round

Posted at 8:47 AM on July 9, 2009 by Melissa Ousley (1 Comments)
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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
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e-Comp enters chamber mode

Posted at 9:39 AM on July 7, 2009 by Melissa Ousley (2 Comments)
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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
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Six e-Comp finalists announced

Posted at 9:42 PM on July 5, 2009 by Melissa Ousley
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After a full afternoon of Schubert Sonatas during the semi-final round of the Minnesota International Piano-e-Competition, the six finalists have been announced. Next stop for this group is the Chamber Music Round on Tuesday from noon until 6:15 at Sundin Hall in St. Paul. Zuber and Kim will play Dvorak; Helene Tysman performs Schumann; the rest are going with Brahms.

Eric Zuber
Grace Kim
Helene Tysman
Alessandro Taverna
Howard Na
Pavel Yeletsky

e-Comp semifinalists announced

Posted at 10:12 PM on July 3, 2009 by Melissa Ousley (1 Comments)
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Moments ago, the nine semifinalists of the Minnesota International Piano-e-Competition were announced. The names are below, along with Sunday's schedule for the Schubert Sonata Round:

12:00PM-12:40PM Eric Zuber
12:40PM-1:20PM Hanchien Lee
1:20PM-2:00PM Grace Kim
2:00PM-2:30PM BREAK
2:30PM-3:10PM Helene Tysman
3:10PM-3:50PM Rui Shi
3:50PM-4:30PM Alessandro Taverna
4:30PM-5:00PM BREAK
5:00PM-5:40PM Howard Na
5:40PM-6:20PM Piotr Rozanski
6:20PM-7:00PM Pavel Yeletsky

As always, your comments are welcome.

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e-Comp, Day Three

Posted at 8:42 AM on July 3, 2009 by Melissa Ousley
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Things really began to heat up at the Minnesota International Piano-e-Competition on Thursday. The lineup included two of the youngest contestants, both 20 -- Ukraine's Denis Zhdanov and Piotr Rozanski from Poland. Returning from the 2006 e-Comp were Rui Shi, 26, from China and Howard Na, 23, from the United States. In the '06 Competition, I remember Shi for her elegant playing and her ability to draw the listener into her world. As she performed Ravel's difficult and imaginative work Gaspard de la Nuit yesterday, she did just that.
My Italian blood was pumping with pride as I listened to Alessandro Taverna play Beethoven's Eroica Variations followed by Chopin, Liszt, Ligeti and Stravinsky (Petrouchka). At 25, Taverna has technique (of course), maturity and plenty of style. I'm hopeful that the judges will agree and send him on to the next round.

Listen to my conversation with John Birge
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Day Two at the e-Comp

Posted at 10:22 AM on July 2, 2009 by Melissa Ousley
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When I left Sundin Hall Wednesday evening, I had a smile on my face. It got there after hearing Russian pianist Elmar Gasanov play an imaginative program of Bartok, Liszt, Chopin, Medtner and Albeniz at the Minnesota International Piano-e-Competition. The Liszt Sonata in b minor is no stranger to piano competitions and Gasanov played it convincingly, with an understanding of its complex architecture. The rest of his recital gave us a chance to see additional facets his musicianship. This included Spanish dances by Albeniz, a Fairy Tale by Medtner, and a little more Liszt with a chaming Valse-Caprice after Schubert.
Word on the street is that today's lineup is one of the strongest. Stop by Hamline University's Sundin Hall anytime between noon and 9:30 pm to decide for yourself. And remember, admission is free!

Listen to my conversation with John Birge

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The e-Comp begins!

Posted at 10:00 AM on July 1, 2009 by Melissa Ousley
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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
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PS - Schubert Prize

Posted at 10:45 PM on July 13, 2006 by Valerie Kahler (81 Comments)
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The Cinderalla story of this competition must be that of Canadian performer Ryo Yanagitani. Ryo had never played a Schubert sonata in recital before this competition. In fact, when it was announced that he was one of the nine who were advancing to the Schubert round, he said he was torn between exhilaration and complete panic. He told Melissa Ousley that as soon as those names were announced, there was a mass exodus - nine pianists running for the practice room. No one ran faster than Ryo, who wasn't sure he even had the piece memorized yet. Obviously, he had it more than memorized. He had absorbed it. He walks away with the $4000 Schubert Prize in addition to the 2nd prize in the overall competition.

Congratulations, Ryo!

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Congratulations to eCompetition Winner Edisher Savitski!

Posted at 10:04 PM on July 13, 2006 by Valerie Kahler (5 Comments)
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Alexander Braginsky just took the stage with the 7 members of the jury to announce the winners of the 2006 Minnesota International Piano eCompetition. From the original pool of 138 applicants, the final six were ranked as follows:

First Place - Edisher Savitski
Second Place - Ryo Yanagitani
Third Place - Victoria Korchinskaya-Kogan
Fourth Place - Michael Mordvinov
Fifth Place - Einav Yarden
Sixth Place - Gregory DeTurck

This is the second visit to the Piano eCompetition for Edisher. Four years ago, he came in 4th...and as he mentioned to Melissa, a lot can happen in four years! More conversation with Edisher Savitski and an encore performance of two pieces from his recital program tomorrow at noon...LIVE from the Fitzgerald Theater in downtown Saint Paul. It's FREE.

Classical Minnesota Public Radio will broadcast the event live, but you'd rather be right there in the audience to see the debut recital of Mr. Savitsky. You can also lay eyes on Saint Paul Mayor Chris Coleman, Competition director & founder Alexander Braginsky and pianist Awadagian Pratt, who was one of the seven jury members.

See you noon Friday at the Fitz.


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The Concertos Begin

Posted at 9:29 AM on July 13, 2006 by Melissa Ousley (2 Comments)
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The intensity of the Minnesota International Piano-e-Competition was at full throttle last night as the first three of six finalists presented their concertos with the Minnesota Orchestra. Rehearsal time with the orchestra was fairly minimal, (40 minutes at most), but all of the soloists I spoke with seemed thrilled to be playing with an orchestra of this caliber. Last night we heard Mikhail Mordvinov play Schumann's Piano Concerto in a minor. Gregory DeTurck followed with Rachmoninoff's Concerto #1, and after intermission, Victoria Korchinskaya-Kogan gave a rock-solid performance of Prokofiev's Second Piano Concerto. As I was leaving the parking ramp at Orchestra Hall, I bumped into Alexander Braginsky. He's the President, Artistic Director and Founder of the e-Competition. I told him how impressed I was with the performances and he gave he a smile and a wink and said, "Wait until you hear tomorrow night!"

If you can't make it to Orchestra Hall to hear this evening's performance, please join us for another live broadcast on the Classical music stations of Minnesota Public Radio. Start time is 7:30.

Piano-e-Competition Web site

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We're down to six

Posted at 8:35 PM on July 8, 2006 by Melissa Ousley (1 Comments)
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Moments ago, Alexander Braginsky announced the six finalists who will go on to compete in the last two Rounds of the e-Competition. He also told us that a Schubert prize winner had been selected, but we won't find out who that person is until Thursday night at the Awards Ceremony. I know you're dying to know the names of the six, so here we go:

Victoria Korchinskaya-Kogan
Gregory De Turck
Edisher Savitski
Mikhail Mordvinov
Ryo Yanagitani
Einav Yarden

Tomorrow, they rehearse with the Nicollet Quartet and on Monday each will perform in the Chamber Music Round. By the way, I hope you like Brahms because four of the six will be playing his Piano Quintet--and those are back-to-back performances! The Concerto Round is another story. Six different pieces and six different composers. Click on the link below to learn more.

Piano-e-Competition Web site
Watch live video of the competition.

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Schubert Round - 7:00pm

Posted at 7:07 PM on July 8, 2006 by Valerie Kahler
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Greetings from Sundin Hall. The crowd is milling about as we await the final performer of this competition round. It's a good showing, with the lower half of the hall filled to about 90%. Many (if not all) of the other performers are all in the audience, some following along with scores. What a good idea! I think I'll see if I can lay my hands on some of the quintet scores before Tuesday's performance.

There's really something to this notion of "star quality." The pianists I've seen today have oceans of it. I spend so much of my time shut in a glass booth with a stack of CDs and a microphone that sometimes I forget how spectacular a live performance can be.

Piano-e-Competition Web site
Watch live video of the competition.

And Then There Were Nine

Posted at 8:01 PM on July 7, 2006 by Valerie Kahler
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8:00pm Friday night

Just got a phone call from Melissa over at Sundin Hall, where Alexander Braginsky took the stage to announce the names of the nine contestants who will advance to the next round. Here they are, in order of appearance for tomorrow's Schubert round:

Victoria Korchinskaya-Kogan
Gregory DeTurck
Edisher Savitski
Konstantin Krasnitsky
Angelo Arciglione
Mikhail Mordvinov
Ryo Yanagitani
Einav Yarden
Claire Huangci

Congratulations to these nine performers! Also, a heartfelt ovation for the other talented pianists - thank you for your outstanding contributions to five days of incredible musicmaking. We hope you'll be sticking around for the remainder of the two-week run to cheer on your colleagues, and to enjoy the sights & sounds & tastes of the Twin Cities.

Onward. The Schubertiad begins promptly at noon tomorrow (Saturday). It will wrap by 8pm, with an hour break from 2-3. Are you going to attend? You really should. There's nary a better return on your entertainment dollar than the cost of a day pass to this competition.

P.S. If you're planning to come, bring a sweater! It's freezing in the hall.

Piano-e-Competition Web site
Watch live video of the competition.

Sweet 16

Posted at 6:18 PM on July 7, 2006 by Valerie Kahler
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Many of you heard a snippet or two of Melissa's interview with the youngest performer in this year's Piano e-Competition, 16-year-old Claire Huangci. She's a charmer - well-spoken and enthusiastic. A wunderkind...but then again, each competitor here has been (or still is) the wunderkind in his or her respective circle.

Audio Claire describes why she chose to perform Franz Liszt's Reminiscences of Don Juan, followed by this afternoon's performance.

Often, musicians who compete at this level are tutored & test out of junior high and/or high school. They know exactly where they're going, and quite reasonably decide to focus all their energies on music. Like many of her colleagues in this competition, Claire is unmistakably destined for Big Things. But. She's chosen to finish high school the old-fashioned way, kind of. Up early for half days at public school and then on to The Curtis Institute three afternoons a week. Throw in an hour or two of homework and the requisite 4-8 hours of practice every day and you've got a very busy teenager.

Did I mention she thinks calculus is fun?

As I type this at 6:34 pm, the last of the 24 contestants is probably beginning the final piece of the recital round (Cheng Chen playing Pictures at an Exhibition, if you're curious) and then the judges will announce the names of the 9 pianists who are advancing to the next round. Will Claire be among them? Who knows? But if her recital earlier today was any indication, we haven't heard the last of Ms. Huangci!

Piano-e-Competition Web site
Watch live video of the competition.

Einav Yarden!

Posted at 9:46 PM on July 6, 2006 by Valerie Kahler (27 Comments)
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I had the good fortune of catching Einav Yarden's recital this evening. Holy mackerel.

Wow. Right out of the chute she had me sitting on the edge of my chair. She played a bunch of Gyorgy Kurtag's "Games" and they were alternately percussive and gossamer, playful and menacing. The opening movement (Perpetuum mobile)was one back-of-the-hand measured glissando after another. Her control was deadly - there were so many ways that could have sounded like a parlor trick, but it was SO perfectly precise as to be remarkable. She played another set of Kurtag's Games after her Haydn Sonata, and the last one (The Mad Girl With the Flaxen Hair) made most people laugh out loud. Imagine Debussy's Girl...from an alternate dimension.

Audio Listen to Einav Yarden play Gyorgy Kurtag's "Games"

The Haydn sonata was a lovely balance between sit-up-straight precision and beer-garden minuet, the Schumann Kreisleriana was wonderfully colored & emotionally nuanced...but it was the finale that made my jaw hit the floor.

Frederic Rzewski's Winnsboro Cotton Mill Blues was a gutsy closer, both in terms of the extreme physicality of the performance and and because the piece is so unusual.

Audio Listen to Einav Yarden play Frederic Rzewski's "Winnsboro Cotton Mill Blues"

It starts with a growlygrindy factory rhythm in the bass which grows until she's playing with her forearms. (!) Again, it could be, SHOULD be messy and vague but somehow it isn't. It's absolutely crazy. And then...a reverie. You hear a sweet bluesy tune (classical blues, ala Andre Previn) before returning to the spooling of the cotton. She knew this was a crowd-pleaser and obviously enjoyed it herself, taking her bows with a huge grin.

What a ride.

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I really should be practicing

Posted at 5:48 PM on July 6, 2006 by Melissa Ousley
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Day Four of the Minnesota International Piano-e-Competition is almost over which means about 24 hours from now the judges will have all the music in their ears needed to decide who will advance to the next round. I don't envy them. I guess I don't really envy the pianists either. The pressure is intense and the number of hours some of them spend in the practice room this week can creep into double digits. For those who are advanced to the next phase of the competition (9), there is no rest. Saturday they will compete in the Schubert Sonata Round. After that, the field is narrowed to six finalists who join the Nicollet Quartet for the Chamber Music Round on Monday and then the Minnesota Orchestra for the Concerto Round next Wednesday and Thursday evenings.

Piano-e-Competition Web site
Watch live video of the competition.

Audio Listen to the forum event (1:04:21s)
Competition founding director Alexander Braginsky and pianist Denis Evstioukhine demonstrate their chops on the Yamaha Disklavier.

Previous Piano-e Posts
Piano-e-Competition, July 5, 2006
Piano-e-Competition, July 4, 2006
Piano-e-Competition, July 2, 2006
Piano-e-Competition, June 29, 2006

Did you hear that?

Posted at 10:09 AM on July 5, 2006 by Melissa Ousley (2 Comments)
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The Juilliard School was well represented during Day Two of the Minnesota International Piano-e-Competition. Three of the five contestants on Tuesday, all in their early 20's, are Juilliard students. This includes Rui Shi who presented a very demanding program with sonatas by Elliott Carter (from 1945) and Johannes Brahms (his 1st). And, if you were anywhere near Sundin Hall at about 1:30, that piano playing you thought you heard was Darrett Zusko playing the Sonata in b minor by Liszt. He got a huge sound from the piano!

Audio Listen to Darrett Zusko playing the final portion of the Sonata in b minor by Liszt

The Recital Round continues this afternoon at 12:30. Visit the e-Competition web site to hear their live stream and find out more about these remarkable musicians.

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Piano-e-Competition Web site
Watch live video of the competition.

Audio Listen to the forum event (1:04:21s)
Competition founding director Alexander Braginsky and pianist Denis Evstioukhine demonstrate their chops on the Yamaha Disklavier.

Previous Piano-e Posts
Piano-e-Competition, July 4, 2006
Piano-e-Competition, July 2, 2006
Piano-e-Competition, June 29, 2006

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An embarrassment of riches

Posted at 10:25 AM on July 4, 2006 by Melissa Ousley (3 Comments)
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The International Piano-e-Competition is in full swing and the level of playing we heard on Day One set a very high standard. For the Recital Round, which lasts all week, each of the 24 contestants is to present a solo recital program of his or her choice lasting between 65 and 75 minutes. Two of Monday's pianists are returning to this competition after having done quite well in previous years. Hanna Shybayeva placed 5th in 2004 and Victoria Korchinskaya-Kogan placed 2nd in 2002. Chances are they are hoping to do even better this time around. If there was a composer of the day, it was Sergei Prokofiev. We heard three of his sonatas (#2, 6 and 7)!


Piano-e-Competition Web site
Watch live video of the competition.

Audio Listen to the forum event (1:04:21s)
Competition founding director Alexander Braginsky and pianist Denis Evstioukhine demonstrate their chops on the Yamaha Disklavier.

Previous Piano-e Posts
Piano-e-Competition, July 2, 2006
Piano-e-Competition, June 29, 2006

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Piano e-Competition

Posted at 5:16 AM on July 2, 2006 by Valerie Kahler
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Well, Thursday's event in the Forum was great fun. We had a nice turnout and it was wonderful to see the Yamaha concert grand here in the building.

Audio Listen to the forum event (1:04:21s)

Melissa hosted a Q&A with Competition founding director Alexander Braginsky and a couple of techs from Yamaha who explained the ins & outs of the Yamaha disklavier.

Pianist Denis Evstioukhine � a student of Braginsky�s, and 3rd prize winner at the 2004 competition - demonstrated the gorgeous concert capabilities of the instrument. He played Balakirev's Islamey and a Chopin Impromptu for the enthusiastic audience. Both those performances made it to the airwaves on Friday June 30th. Ain't technology swell?

It was great to see how the disklavier worked, as well. Alexander played Debussy's L'Isle Joyeuse (delightfully) as the Yamaha guys recorded to the disklavier and videotaped him at the keyboard. Then they played it back and we watched Alexander's performance on the monitor screen as the disklavier played, perfectly synched. It's always odd to see the keys moving with no one at the keyboard, but even stranger to see the pedals working. Speaking of which - we learned that the pedals have 120 gradations of pressure from completely up to fully depressed. And the keys? a THOUSAND and change. That means the subtlest caress of a key is reproduced absolutely faithfully. Can you tell I was impressed?

This afternoon, Melissa and I are going to pop in to Sundin Music Hall to get our first glimpse of the contestants. They'll be drawing numbers to determine their competition order, as well as trying out the two Yamaha disklaviers to see which one they prefer for their performances.

We'll try to get some pictures online soon. Stay tuned.

Piano-e-Competition Web site
Watch live video of the competition.

Previous Posts
Piano-e-Competition, June 29, 2006

Piano e-Competition

Posted at 3:37 PM on June 29, 2006 by Valerie Kahler
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And we�re off! Welcome to Minnesota Public Radio�s coverage of the 2006 Minnesota International Piano e-Competition. Melissa Ousley will be your eyes and ears inside Sundin Hall for the next two weeks as 24 contestants from 13 different countries vie for the grand prize � 25,000 simoleans, a Yamaha Disklavier grand piano, concert appearances with 4 US orchestras, solo recitals in New York and Paris and a CD issue. But wait � there�s more! The winner will also be featured in a live broadcast from the Fitzgerald Theater on Friday, July 14th at noon. Mark your calendars and plan on being in the audience!

Also - starting Tuesday July 4th you can tune in weekdays at 8:15am and 5:15pm as Melissa stops in to chat with John and Steve - and of course, play some musical highlights. Watch this space for updates, tidbits, links to photos and extended information.

Piano-e-Competition Web site
Watch live video of the competition.