Wednesday, June 17, 2009

experience the brilliance of the van cliburn competition

The Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, which takes place every four years and gathers the premier talents from across the world, ended recently (it ran from May 22 to June 7 in Fort Worth, Texas). Here are the results:

1st: A tie between

Nobuyuki Tsuji. In the final recital portion of the competition he performed Beethoven's Sonata in F minor, Op. 57 "Appassionata"; Chopin's Berceuse, Op. 57; Liszt's Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2; while in the final concerto portion he performed Chopin's Piano Concerto No. 1 in E minor (Op. 11) and Rachmaninov's Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor (Op. 18)


Haochen Zhang. Final recital: Brahms Variations and Fugue on a Theme by Handel, Op. 24; Ravel's Gaspard de la Nuit and final concerti: Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 20 in D minor, K. 466; Prokofiev's Piano Concerto No. 2 in G minor, Op. 16

Anyone with even a remote interest in classical music should definitely check out the performances here: it only takes 2 minutes to download the silverlight program required to stream them. Congratulations to the winners and enjoy!

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