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There seems to be a lot of buzz about this already, especially the concerto competition. Some really good pianists have already indicated that they might be attending. So I asked wife, and got permission to go. Cool. I hope there'll be a multitude of Piano World people there!

Piano Texas!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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Here's the link to the festival page: http://www.pianotexas.org/amateursprogram.asp.

The specified concerto competition repertoire is pretty extensive:

Concerto Repertoire List:
Bach: All Concertos
Haydn: Concerto in D major
Mozart: All Concertos
Beethoven: All Concertos
Mendelssohn: Concertos Nos.1 and 2
Chopin: Concertos Nos.1 and 2
Schumann: Concerto in A minor
Grieg: Concerto in A minor
Liszt: Concertos No.1
Saint-Saëns: Concertos Nos.2 and 4
Tchaikovsky: Concerto No.1
Brahms: Concertos Nos.1 and 2
Rachmaninoff: Concertos Nos.2 and 3
Prokofiev: Concertos No.2 and 3
Shostakovich: Concerto No.2

Finalists get to perform with the Fort Worth Symphony.

I am amazed that the program cost is just $850! Sure, there's plane fare and "wonderful" dormitory accommodation, but still. I'm in!


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Did I read somewhere that they are limiting the number of participants to 18?

I went to my acceptd account but it looks like the application isn't open yet.


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Originally Posted by coaster
Did I read somewhere that they are limiting the number of participants to 18?

I went to my acceptd account but it looks like the application isn't open yet.


According to the web, "Continuing the established procedure, in 2018 an International Jury will to select performers for the Amateurs Program based on submitted video recordings. 18 performers will be selected and upon their recommendation will be invited by the Executive Director."

It seems you will need to submit video recordings for audition. It does not state the length of the pieces for video recordings.

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I think the Dallas International Piano Competition does something similar. All aspiring contestants submit recordings, and 32 (I think that is the number) are selected to appear at the contest site to perform and compete before the public.


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Originally Posted by Kenny Cheng
Originally Posted by coaster
Did I read somewhere that they are limiting the number of participants to 18?

I went to my acceptd account but it looks like the application isn't open yet.


According to the web, "Continuing the established procedure, in 2018 an International Jury will to select performers for the Amateurs Program based on submitted video recordings. 18 performers will be selected and upon their recommendation will be invited by the Executive Director."

It seems you will need to submit video recordings for audition. It does not state the length of the pieces for video recordings.

This is not what I expected at all. I had no idea it was competitive at the entry level. There was no audition or anything when a small group of us attended the mini-session last year prior to the Cliburn. Maybe the fact that we'd qualified for the competition was sufficient for PianoTexas to accept us.

Frankly it's a bit annoying, because doing a professional looking audition video is expensive.


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Still no sign of an application link on the main website and acceptd.com says something like "not available yet". Cliburn gave us a year's notice, well, let's say about 9 months prior to the application deadline. With PT we're looking at 3 months now to get our acts together and pull a groovy audition mix tape. Not lol.


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Looks like the application is finally up!


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Originally Posted by SiFi
Still no sign of an application link on the main website and acceptd.com says something like "not available yet". Cliburn gave us a year's notice, well, let's say about 9 months prior to the application deadline. With PT we're looking at 3 months now to get our acts together and pull a groovy audition mix tape. Not lol.


I don't see where it says videos have to be recent. Maybe we can just upload what we used for Cliburn? Or would people start to think that's all we can play?


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Probably a stupid question, but here goes....

For the amateur competition, how much do you think playing only the second movement of a concerto would hurt me? I don't see anything in the rules that states the movement selected has to be the first movement of a concerto. I have the second movement of Brahms 2 almost ready to go, but there is no way I would be able to finish the first movement by the deadline (I started learning the 2nd movement first just because I like it better).

Has anyone actually done this in a previous Piano Texas or is it just understood that everyone will play the first movement?

Alternately, given the Russian theme I could probably bring back the first movement of Rach 2 in time. But I am concerned everyone will be playing that....

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Originally Posted by computerpro3
....For the amateur competition, how much do you think playing only the second movement of a concerto would hurt me? I don't see anything in the rules that states the movement selected has to be the first movement of a concerto.....

I haven't been to Piano Texas, but, based on my experience at amateur competitions and the like, I think this is probably reliable:

If you play the movement very well, it won't 'hurt' you in the least, except to the extent, other things being equal, that people who play movements with more variety will have an advantage.

However, other things are never equal. grin
So don't worry about it.
Play something that you love, and that you can play well and with confidence.

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Good luck, I will be cheering for you all.


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Good luck to all who is going to the competition.

It's too late for me to prepare the 2018 ....

I wonder if the Concerto Repertoire List is basically the same every year.

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Originally Posted by coaster
I don't see where it says videos have to be recent. Maybe we can just upload what we used for Cliburn? Or would people start to think that's all we can play?

Hey coaster, if you (or anyone else reading this!) can definitively establish that there's no requirement for videos to be recent, that would be a huge weight off my mind.

For the first time in my life, I'm feeling like I'm overbooked, as in too many recitals and events upcoming. I have an informal piano group gathering on the 20th (which I take seriously), a conservatory recital on the 21st (Los Requiebros, eek!), a local music club (FMMC) recital on the 26th (Brahms Op 79 No. 1, Schubert 2nd Klavierstuck, Chopin Op. 34 No. 1), another local music club recital on the 28th, and three events in early March, including a masterclass with Santiago Rodriguez. Plus I've promised a local string group that I will start rehearsing the Brahms Piano Quintet and Debussy's cello sonata in February.

This would normally be fine except that I was in England for over 2 weeks over Christmas and haven't been able to practice effectively since I got back on account of having contracted pneumonia -- or as my internist puts it, "some pneumonia". My Steinway is still in the shop undergoing major hammer, action, and key bushing replacement/reconditioning. So when I can practice, it's on a Kawai console that is great for most purposes but has so much lost motion that I can't rehearse dynamic nuance or anything to do with tone except by imagining sounds that I'm not actually hearing.

So if it turns out that Piano Texas wants a pristine recording specifically produced for this year's event, I'm toast.

PS, Sorry for the vent. It's just so frustrating not to have the energy to practice when you feel really sick. Hopefully this will turn out well and I'll see the entire Cliburn Mafia contingent in Fort Worth this summer, or, as they call it in Texas, winter. ha


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Hi Sifi congratulations on all the great and exciting music-making coming up. Hope you and piano are both feeling much better soon.


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Originally Posted by hreichgott
Hi Sifi congratulations on all the great and exciting music-making coming up. Hope you and piano are both feeling much better soon.

I apologize Heather. I was being self-indulgent and insensitive.


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So, with the deadline approaching, how many of us are going after the 18 slots available? And what concertos? Looks like I'll be choosing Brahms 1 / III because my teacher says that would be a good choice for me. Started learning it last week and now I am loving it to death!

Is it really true that we only get one masterclass???


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SImon -- I hope you were kidding with the apology!
Because, none was needed. If you weren't just kidding, I think you misread Heather's post.
(I doubt it was anything like sarcastic. I think it was only just what it was.)

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Originally Posted by Mark_C
SImon -- I hope you were kidding with the apology!
Because, none was needed. If you weren't just kidding, I think you misread Heather's post.
(I doubt it was anything like sarcastic. I think it was only just what it was.)

I was being sincere. I felt like I had maybe come off as a bit show-offy and Heather was quietly implying that I should be more discreet because many of us don't have the chance to play and perform to the extent that I do, what with all the opportunities available in this big metropolitan area. So I should offer a meta-apology for presuming that there was something in Heather's post that I should apologize for.

Heather, if you're reading this: I'm truly sorry I misread your post. And very annoyed with myself for doing so.


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If it was just a concerto competition I would apply, I feel ready with that.

But I do not have two other works in good enough shape right now. I could bring back something old but I am traveling for work over the next week. Wish the deadline was just one more month out.

I am kind of tempted to just submit a couple of old recordings, but the older stuff I have is not stuff I would want to actually play in the masterclass.

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After months of procastination, I submitted my application for attending the amateurs program, with just an hour to spare before the deadline. . My chosen concerto is the first movement of Prokofiev 3. If I had more time, I would have loved to do both the first and the third movement, but it’s better to focus on just one movement and make it better give I the time constraints.

I just recorded three tracks: Medtne, Medtner and (here is a surprise) Bach yesterday. Just audio, on an out of tune piano... blemishes, yes, mistakes too many, but...

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Ken, I listened to your stuff. The Bach was truly magnificent. Lovely voicing and perfect balancing of textures. You'll be a star at Piano Texas. I just hope I'll be there with you to enjoy this wonderful opportunity to make music.


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So I'm more nervous about this one than I was about Cliburn. I figure if I practice hard, I'll jinx it, but if I don't I'll screw up. I want to buy plane tickets, but there's no way I'm going if I don't get in. Not to Texas in June. So anybody heard anything yet? I don't care if you're honest. It will be a relief, frankly, either way.

Meanwhile, here's a fun quiz. What concerto movement(s)? Just copy and paste the below bit.

SiFi: Brahms D minor concerto, last movement
Ken: Prokofiev 3rd concerto, first movement
Coaster: . . .


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Seriously, that was the first solo Bach I learned in 30 years...

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Originally Posted by Ken Iisaka
Seriously, that was the first solo Bach I learned in 30 years...

Well you know what they say about fine wines . . .


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...made a little wine 50 years ago. Nowadays I'm lucky to produce a demitasse of MD 20/20 every year or so...


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So I just checked the Piano Texas web page and found this on the application page:

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We received countless applications from around the world. Now the Selection Jury needs to choose the performers for all our programs. Pianist Dmitry Rachmanov is one of the three members of the Selection Jury. Let's enjoy his performance of Scriabin. https://youtu.be/DDb0OPM2VfU

"Countless applications" for 18 spots? I really am toast. Now realizing I should have done a professional recording.


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Originally Posted by SiFi
"Countless applications" for 18 spots? I really am toast. Now realizing I should have done a professional recording.

I doubt you have any need for concern. I suspect it means just that they didn't count them. ha

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Originally Posted by Mark_C
Originally Posted by SiFi
"Countless applications" for 18 spots? I really am toast. Now realizing I should have done a professional recording.

I doubt you have any need for concern. I suspect it means just that they didn't count them. ha


I've heard through the grapevines that acceptance for the Young Artists program has been announced.

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Seems like they’re sending out notifications now. I was accepted, as was Robert Finley. Anyone else hear anything?


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I'm in!


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Originally Posted by coaster
I'm in!

Great!! I’m really looking forward to this. Are you doing the dorm thing?


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Me, too!

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Originally Posted by Ken Iisaka
Me, too!

We gonna rock Texas, babe! (You more than me, probably.)


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Congrats to all of you! Looking forward to following your performances, and am wishing I could have applied!

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Congrats to all of you!!!!!!! 👏👏👏

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Congrats to all of you!!!!!!! 👏👏👏
Thank you!


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Congratulations to all who are accepted. I live in Dallas and hope to get over there to hear some of your performances. Good luck to all of you.

If any of you would like having a PW colleague in your audience, feel free to PM me your names so I can search the program for your performance times and venues.

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Anyone else going to PianoTexas getting ticked off at how long it's taking to get good information? Do we need to get there the day before orientation, for example? Or are we expected on the same day? When are they going to publish the names of the participants? I haven't bought plane tickets yet, but this thing is happening in less than two months. Ranting now, but I think all will be well ultimately.


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SiFi: I don't recall that any of these events (including competitions) have said when to arrive. (Have they?)
As far as I remember, they've never done more than to tell us when stuff is, and leave it to us to decide when it's best to arrive.

BTW there have been some people who felt they not only didn't have to arrive the day before orientation or the day of orientation, nor early on the first day of the actual thing, but not necessarily till after they were supposed to play.

(One such person wound up winning.) grin

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On a more positive note, I'm hoping to have the last two movements of Balakirev's Bb minor sonata ready for the event. So my Russian stuff will be all Balakirev: Mazurka #6, Islamey, and the aforementioned sonata movements. I've touted the sonata many times before, but I'll do it again. OK, so it's not the Liszt B minor, but it's darn good and quite similar in some ways: moments of "transcendental" virtuosity interspersed with elegant, contemplative, melodic episodes; starts and ends quietly; a B in the key signature ha ; use of thematic material across different movements. Anyway, I don't want to labor the point. Here's the late Ronald Smith in a superb performance. The last movement starts around 16:30.



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Originally Posted by Mark_C
SiFi: I don't recall that any of these events (including competitions) have said when to arrive. (Have they?)
As far as I remember, they've never done more than to tell us when stuff is, and leave it to us to decide when it's best to arrive.

BTW there have been some people who felt they not only didn't have to arrive the day before orientation or the day of orientation, nor early on the first day of the actual thing, but not necessarily till after they were supposed to play.

(One such person wound up winning.) grin

Well, I kind of expressed it badly. The schedule (see link below) tells us what day the orientation takes place but not what time. I do want to be there for the orientation, but I don't want to arrive the day before and find I have to sleep on the sidewalk because there isn't a room for me. Anyway, bit of a storm in a teacup, I realize. I'm mainly interested to find out who else is going; the festival/website organizers do not seem to be very well attuned to latency issues and standards!

BTW, you really have to tell us more about the guy who won a competition despite having not been there for his first round performance! Please, pretty please!!??

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(As I've said about similar things, I don't like to "name names," but I'll just say, the guy was enough known and enough beloved that everybody was glad, more or less, to accommodate him when he arrived, which was something like an hour after he had been scheduled to go on.)

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Congrats, Simon. Agree the Balakirev 2nd Sonata is as attractive as Liszt's. I don't dislike Islamey, but if I could learn one major work, I'd pick the Sonata. (Did Balakirev write the same sonata 3 times??) Looking forward to hearing all four movements.


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Originally Posted by doctor S
Congrats, Simon. Agree the Balakirev 2nd Sonata is as attractive as Liszt's. I don't dislike Islamey, but if I could learn one major work, I'd pick the Sonata. (Did Balakirev write the same sonata 3 times??) Looking forward to hearing all four movements.

It's all up in the air now, my friend. I think what I'll end up with is two mazurkas and a warhorse. Nice balance there.


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OK, you all. The PianoTexas website is hopping. We now have the complete lists of teacher and "amateur" participants, with bios and masterclass/concerto repertoires. We also have the masterclass schedule, which, even if I weren't participating, would give me frissons. Here's the link: http://www.pianotexas.org/ta_masterclass.asp.

Unfortunately, I got placed in the same class as Ken Iisaka. So I'm gonna look bad, even more so if the other performers in our group are hot stuff like him. The upside is we got Olga Kern, who is one of my heroes. I would have been happy with Dimitri Alexeev, but Olga was my first choice, or would have been had there been a choice. Now I just have to work hard in order to avoid disgracing myself in front of an artist who I deeply respect, not to mention the audience of expert pianists and lord knows who will be watching the live stream. That gravitational wave you just felt was me shaking in my boots.

Of my 3 repertoire pieces Tamas picked "Islamey" for the masterclass. cry


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Originally Posted by SiFi
That gravitational wave you just felt was me shaking in my boots.

Of my 3 repertoire pieces Tamas picked "Islamey" for the masterclass. cry


Ugh, I’m happy for you and also very glad it’s not me.
You’ll have to tell what she works on, if your willing. It’s always of great interest to me how such works are handled in a masterclass format.

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Originally Posted by SiFi
OK, you all. The PianoTexas website is hopping. We now have the complete lists of teacher and "amateur" participants, with bios and masterclass/concerto repertoires. We also have the masterclass schedule, which, even if I weren't participating, would give me frissons. Here's the link: http://www.pianotexas.org/ta_masterclass.asp.

Unfortunately, I got placed in the same class as Ken Iisaka. So I'm gonna look bad, even more so if the other performers in our group are hot stuff like him. The upside is we got Olga Kern, who is one of my heroes. I would have been happy with Dimitri Alexeev, but Olga was my first choice, or would have been had there been a choice. Now I just have to work hard in order to avoid disgracing myself in front of an artist who I deeply respect, not to mention the audience of expert pianists and lord knows who will be watching the live stream. That gravitational wave you just felt was me shaking in my boots.

Of my 3 repertoire pieces Tamas picked "Islamey" for the masterclass. cry


FANTASTIC for you! Good Luck and I know you will do great!

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That gravitational wave you just felt was me shaking in my boots.

Of my 3 repertoire pieces Tamas picked "Islamey" for the masterclass. cry


Ugh, I’m happy for you and also very glad it’s not me.
You’ll have to tell what she works on, if your willing. It’s always of great interest to me how such works are handled in a masterclass format.

So I just found out that Olga Kern is performing Islamey two days after our masterclass. It's the final work in her distinguished artists recital. Now I'm really afraid, though she does seem like a kindhearted person so I'm hoping she'll let me down gently.


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Originally Posted by SiFi
So I just found out that Olga Kern is performing Islamey two days after our masterclass. It's the final work in her distinguished artists recital. Now I'm really afraid...

No worries -- maybe she hasn't started working on it yet and doesn't know how it goes. ha

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So I just found out that Olga Kern is performing Islamey two days after our masterclass. It's the final work in her distinguished artists recital. Now I'm really afraid...

No worries -- maybe she hasn't started working on it yet and doesn't know how it goes. ha

That's what I'm hoping. Better yet, she'll do a Mozart, memorize my performance by ear and reproduce it as the real thing in her recital. Phew, what a relief.


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I'm surprised that this event has gone un-noticed by piano people. The PianoTexas festival this year has been wonderful. Many of the big guns are here: Iisaka, Slavin, Coaster, and a host of others. The three I mentioned will all be playing concertos Tuesday at 8:30 EDT with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra. (I unfortunately did not qualify but I like to think I was close.) You all can watch live. Just go to http://www.pianotexas.org/ and click on Watch Live or check the schedule.

To get you started, here's the video of the first amateur recital, which included me and Ken and Coaster and which the president of the festival described as "phenomenal" (Coaster's up at around 25:00): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ySKZppCnS3I&feature=youtu.be

And here's the concerto round that Coaster and I participated in. Coaster is around 34:30. I come in at about 1:35:00. Enjoy!
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SiFi, thanks for the update and links. I will be watching.

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Thank you SiFi, really enjoying the master classes!

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EDITED AGAIN: OK, the Rach 2 is here. SiFi will be next, playing Islamey for Olga Kern's masterclass. It ends in an hour, so tune in between now and 12 PM CDT if you want to see him!

Here's the link to the live stream.

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OK, I'm wondering if the masterclass is going to go until 12:30 CDT, because we're at 11:34 right now and still on Rach 2.

Olga is a wonderful teacher!!


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Thanks, coaster!

I caught about the last ten or twelve minutes of SiFi's Islamey. I hope that we'll get some personal reactions later from SiFi.

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Coaster, I listened in on your Mozart concerto the other day. It was very nice, well done!


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Thanks SiFi, coaster, for bringing this livestream opportunity to our attention! I really enjoyed last night's recital...I caught most of it I think, but then the livestream unfortunately cut off, which was odd because I'm pretty sure I was out of sync behind the actual live part, so it's a shame that the tech doesn't allow for the feed to continue until the laggards catch up. Have to be careful about that for the ones today.

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I watched SiFi, Coaster, and Ken's performances. Very beautiful! Thanks for sharing.

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Very nice Islamey, SiFi. I really enjoyed your master class with Olga Kern.


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OK now it's intermission and I can hear people laughing, but I can't hear the joke...just so much mumbling...

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Yay!...it's coaster first in the hotseat for the master class this morning...playing the Gm ballade again...

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OMG! It was even better this time...seemed more relaxed,...nice and slow and savored at the beginning, joyous in the middle, nailed the ending...way to go coaster!

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Bar none, it was among the most intense piano-related experience I've had in my life. It was my first time to attend a "Piano Camp" since Aspen in 1992, but the 11-day session was far more intense and richer.

I got to perform in 2 group recitals at TCU, a community concert at a local church, and a concerto movement with the FWSO, my second time. With the festival's Russian music theme, I brought a fistful of music by Medtner, along with the first movement of Prokofiev 3. I didn't get to perform everything due to time constraints, but it was somewhat cathartic to "unload".

Most memorable were playing Medtner Sonata Reminiscenza, Op.38, No.1 for Olga Kern. Her vibrant enthusiasm was infectious, even though I was somewhat unsettled in my own interpretation after played the same for two different teachers (Dmitry Alexyev and Andrey Ponochevny) who gave me opposite, contradictory instructions. It felt Olga encouraged me to be more of myself. Perhaps the indecisiveness was frustrating for her to hear. In the end, I am left with a stronger conviction of my interpretation, reinforced with clearly needed improvements.

Upon arrival, I signed up to play in the very first recital. Given that only 3 people initially signed up (another joined later) we were allowed more than the usual 10 minutes: I played three movements of the Forgotten Melodies, Op.38: the aforementioned Sonata Reminiscenza, then Canzona Serenata (No.6) and Alla Reminiscenza (No.8). I think I succeeded in seducing some of the ears to this wonderful, rich world of Medtner, hearing them for the first time.

For performances, we had 6 fine pianos at disposal: NY and Hamburg Steinway, Yamaha CFX, Shigeru Kawai SK-EX, Bösendorfer 280VC "VC1", and a Fazioli F278. I got to play the Hamburg, Shigeru and Fazioli. I was told that the Bösendorfer was the very first 280VC made, and is used by Andras Schiff for his concerts in the eastern US. From the audience, they all sounded beautiful, though with very different personalities. The Steinway showed its typical weak 6th octave, while Kawai and Yamaha were quite well balanced. I was a bit disappointed with the Fazioli, in comparison to the one I have at home. I like the super-responsiveness of new Faziolis. For some reason, some of the colors were hard to reach.

I waited perhaps 10 years for all the stars to line up. I'm not sure if I will return next two years, as I'm considering Piano Bridges Competition in St.Petersburg next year, and returning to Cliburn in 2020. However, being a gathering of kindred spirits, new friends were made, and I returned home richer than ever.

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Oh, I forgot to mention the concerto.

By far, it was singularity the most frightening thing I've ever done in my life. During the dress rehearsal, Ungár Tamás kept yelling at me, "Louder!" as if I had any more power in my hands. Not that I've done it before or ever will, it felt like riding a tsunami on a little surfboard. The torrent of sound coming from the orchestra was tremendous, as the orchestra clearly knew the piece far better than I.

During the rehearsals with pianist, Chui-Fun Poon, she was encouraging me to rein it in a bit, to keep it "safe." The strategy probably worked to get selected. However, during the meeting with the conductor, Alejandro Gómez Guillén, I was repeatedly asked whether I could go faster. Having heard FWSO perform before, I had a sense of what the orchestra does, so we were back to the tempi that I became more accustomed. It's not quite Argerich, but FAST.

Came the day of performance, I was filled with adrenalin. Aside from a couple of giant clams, it went reasonably well. Then came the coda. I took a glance at the conductor, and WENT FOR IT. I probably started at 160, and accelerated even further in the last four measures. The orchestra knew what was happening, and the violin section right next to me was riding along at the insane speed. We all ended together explosively, which was what I wanted, given that it was the last piece in the evening. If I were continuing onto the next movements, I wouldn't have over-done it, as I did, wanting to save some for the finale of the third movement. However, it worked.

When I took a knowing glance at the conductor just before the coda, I was thinking that this was the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for which I had waited 30+ years. I knew I'd never play with an orchestra of this caliber again. Knowing what the orchestra can do, giving me a sense of security like a bungee cord, I took a leap.

There was another participant, who brought the third movement of the concerto. I was really hoping that she would perform after me, to give a "heroic" performance of the thrilling repertoire. But alas, it was not to be. There really is no surprise that Joel Oliansky chose this piece in his 1980 movie, "The Competition." Let's admit it: a lot of us heard the piece for the first time watching that. LOL

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Congrats everyone on fine performances. Ken, I am very happy for you! It must have been such an amazing experience, and congratulations on pulling it off!

I was looking for a link to watch the performance, but could not find one. Do you know where we can enjoy it?

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I was looking for a link to watch the performance, but could not find one. Do you know where we can enjoy it?


I was told that, due to rights issues, video from the concerto concerts were not streamed and will not be available publicly.

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Well I for one greatly appreciated your Medtner set, Ken! (but then I became an avid Medtner convert about 18 years ago) Nice touch adding on some of the interrelated pieces of op. 38 to the sonata, and giving that intro talk to set the scene for the material. That is why the Barrie Martyn bio is such a treasure for me....Medtner's life and works are interrelated in interesting ways. BTW have you ever played the op. 49 "Hymns" set? Probably my favorite Medtner, and yet seemingly one of his most obscure works. The Funerailles was a surprise in that last live feed (wasn't on your list?) and another 'wow' performance (major goosebumps with that long crescendo at the end).

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OMG! It was even better this time...seemed more relaxed,...nice and slow and savored at the beginning, joyous in the middle, nailed the ending...way to go coaster!


Thanks, Scriabinfanatic! I had a lesson with Tamas Ungar the day after my first performance.

PianoTexas was an incredible experience. I probably can't go back next year, though. frown Wish I could!


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Originally Posted by BruceD
Thanks, coaster!

I caught about the last ten or twelve minutes of SiFi's Islamey. I hope that we'll get some personal reactions later from SiFi.

Personal reactions? Well unfortunately that would be personal, though I will say that Olga now qualifies as one of my "piano girlfriends", properly defined as a professional female pianist whom I admire from a distance but whom I have met in person. This expression was not coined by me but by my daughter, who understands the distinction between platonic and whatever the other thing is.

The masterclass with Ms. Kern was wonderful. I was profoundly nervous in a way that I have never been before, especially knowing that some of you guys might be watching. And it was Islamey, after all, which Olga was going to be performing two days later. Yes, the nerves were obvious, as were the mistakes, but I wasn't appalled by my performance; the fact of my not being appalled is to me a significant thing.

It was interesting to see what she liked and didn't like. There were two cases where I had incorporated changes based on advice from Emmanuel Kracovsksy, with whom I had had a lesson a few days before. Olga was essentially telling me to play the passages like I had always played them before Emmanuel's lesson and I'm thinking to myself, why would one be so stupid as to change an interpretation two days before a performance in a masterclass with Olga Kern on the basis of one person's advice? Anyway, if you watch carefully, you'll see exactly where this happened. It's quite funny (Olga: "I LOVE Emmanuel, but is it natural for you?").

I could write a book on this experience, which I shall never forget. Below is a link to the recorded webcast (I don't think Coaster's link works any more). I wish I'd done better, but it's fine; I don't really care (do U?). Be sure to listen to Ken's delightful and profound Medtner earlier in the class. I'm hoping TCU will leave this up as an unlisted video, but they may not, so watch it now! Just sit back and revel in that gorgeous Russian accent. The piano stuff is ancillary; Olga Kern is the shining star.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l5g2bbW4G3s&feature=youtu.be&t=8895


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SiFi,

You did a fantastic job! I enjoy it very much.

Thanks for sharing!

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Well done, SiFi, Coaster, and all of the other participants. Even for those of us only watching from afar, this event was glorious. Glad you all enjoyed it.


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Originally Posted by SiFi
Originally Posted by BruceD
Thanks, coaster!

I caught about the last ten or twelve minutes of SiFi's Islamey. I hope that we'll get some personal reactions later from SiFi.

Personal reactions? Well unfortunately that would be personal, though I will say that Olga now qualifies as one of my "piano girlfriends", properly defined as a professional female pianist whom I admire from a distance but whom I have met in person. This expression was not coined by me but by my daughter, who understands the distinction between platonic and whatever the other thing is.

The masterclass with Ms. Kern was wonderful. I was profoundly nervous in a way that I have never been before, especially knowing that some of you guys might be watching. And it was Islamey, after all, which Olga was going to be performing two days later. Yes, the nerves were obvious, as were the mistakes, but I wasn't appalled by my performance; the fact of my not being appalled is to me a significant thing.

It was interesting to see what she liked and didn't like. There were two cases where I had incorporated changes based on advice from Emmanuel Kracovsksy, with whom I had had a lesson a few days before. Olga was essentially telling me to play the passages like I had always played them before Emmanuel's lesson and I'm thinking to myself, why would one be so stupid as to change an interpretation two days before a performance in a masterclass with Olga Kern on the basis of one person's advice? Anyway, if you watch carefully, you'll see exactly where this happened. It's quite funny (Olga: "I LOVE Emmanuel, but is it natural for you?").

I could write a book on this experience, which I shall never forget. Below is a link to the recorded webcast (I don't think Coaster's link works any more). I wish I'd done better, but it's fine; I don't really care (do U?). Be sure to listen to Ken's delightful and profound Medtner earlier in the class. I'm hoping TCU will leave this up as an unlisted video, but they may not, so watch it now! Just sit back and revel in that gorgeous Russian accent. The piano stuff is ancillary; Olga Kern is the shining star.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l5g2bbW4G3s&feature=youtu.be&t=8895




I thought you did a fantastic job as well! What a great experience for you.

Re: Piano Texas 2018 [Re: ClsscLib] #2750756
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Originally Posted by ClsscLib
Well done, SiFi, Coaster, and all of the other participants. Even for those of us only watching from afar, this event was glorious. Glad you all enjoyed it.

For me likewise.
You all made it feel like an event very well worth being in. For some reason I never thought of it before, never had any impression that it was a special event. Now I know it is.

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Originally Posted by ClsscLib
Well done, SiFi, Coaster, and all of the other participants. Even for those of us only watching from afar, this event was glorious. Glad you all enjoyed it.

For me likewise.
You all made it feel like an event very well worth being in. For some reason I never thought of it before, never had any impression that it was a special event. Now I know it is.

It is a special event. When I went for the mini-session before the last Cliburn, I thought, this is intense". After 10 days of PianoTexas this year, I'm left thinking, "That was VERY intense." 4 recitals, 2 lessons, a concerto competition, 1 masterclass, various "meet the artist" events, and free access to the all the concerts, including the junior artist concerto events: That was a lot.

As I said, I couldn't have been more nervous performing before Olga; it was a dream come true. The fact that I didn't screw up badly was moderately important. I could then listen and internalize what she said subsequently without too much anxiety. It was one of the most wonderful experiences of my life. And then, when we were seated onstage during her recital, which she ended with "Islamey", it was just pure, unadulterated euphoria; a huge, almost dizzy, high that even hard narcotics could not reproduce.

PianoTexas is a wonderful festival. We -- as many of the Pianist Corner can do it -- should all get together at TCU sometime in the future and have as much of a blast as I and my terrific piano/teacher friends did this summer. Ken Iisaka will provide Negronis

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Originally Posted by SiFi

PianoTexas is a wonderful festival. We -- as many of the Pianist Corner can do it -- should all get together at TCU sometime in the future and have as much of a blast as I and my terrific piano/teacher friends did this summer. Ken Iisaka will provide Negronis


I agree!
But next year... St. Petersburg!

And before that... WIPAC. See you in 2 weeks!


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Thanks for the link SiFi. Yes I was already amazed with Olga after watching the livestream of one of her master classes with one of the "young artists." The young artist was a teenage waif who sat down and played a jaw-droppingly technically perfect Rachmaninoff Sonata 2 first movement. Olga sat there and not only didn't look impressed, but almost looked like she was kind of bored and not even paying much attention. And then after it was over, Olga went through the performance in detail with a whole list of spot-on critiques and great ideas. Wow.

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I went over the masterclass videos and am very impressed by this special event. I hope I can do it in 2020. Is it about the same time as Cliburn?

Looks like some of you will be at St. Petersburg next year. I'll be at Paris next year.

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Originally Posted by Kenny Cheng
I went over the masterclass videos and am very impressed by this special event. I hope I can do it in 2020. Is it about the same time as Cliburn?

Kenny, you might consider doing what a few of us did in 2016. PianoTexas offered a "mini-session" at the end of the regular festival. This was basically a 3-day crash preparation for the Cliburn that included 3 recitals and two masterclasses. I would highly recommend it if you are planning to compete in the Cliburn, but prepare yourself for intense. We arrived for orientation around 4:00 PM. 3 hours later we were performing onstage!


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One aspect of such events that I cannot under-stressed is that they are gatherings of kindred spirits.

Fort Worth was where I found my tribe. At every visit since 2007, when I first competed at the Cliburn (then known as IPCOA), new friendships were formed, and doors to new repertoire were opened.

To me, the tribe has been a life saver. I was in a terrible life situation, and being connected to my newly found tribe showed me what truly matter in my life. My life went through heck for much of the last 10 years, but music has returned to me as my constant companion, as it had been for much of my childhood. Along with the music came the tribe.

Thanks for being my tribe.

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Originally Posted by Ken Iisaka
One aspect of such events that I cannot under-stressed is that they are gatherings of kindred spirits.

Fort Worth was where I found my tribe. At every visit since 2007, when I first competed at the Cliburn (then known as IPCOA), new friendships were formed, and doors to new repertoire were opened.

To me, the tribe has been a life saver. I was in a terrible life situation, and being connected to my newly found tribe showed me what truly matter in my life. My life went through heck for much of the last 10 years, but music has returned to me as my constant companion, as it had been for much of my childhood. Along with the music came the tribe.

Thanks for being my tribe.


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In addition to the events (competitions, festivals) that have established the friendships and mutual support mechanisms underpinning our respective tribes, I would cite PianoWorld's forums, including in particular this very one. Of course, virtual interaction is never as meaningful as the real thing, but I certainly feel that the community, shared interests, and comity (for the most part!) of this online group have helped me in my rediscovery of the joys and passions of music making and the pleasure that comes even from just talking about music with kindred spirits, as Ken so aptly described us.


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