Originally posted by Brendan:
Did you hear Chu-Fang Huang?
No, but Jocelyn thought she was good (I think)
I was a bit surprised by the results, as the Winner, John Chen, is a pianist of wonderful musicality, but a bit early in his development, I felt, to be winning a major international comp. I didn't much like his Mozart, and he insisted on playing a clangorous Kawai piano with lots of PROJECTION in the Mozart, in spite of having a small chamber orchestra of very delicate, sensitive players. I did like his stage 2, where he had the courage to begin with a Schubert impropmtu, which was gorgeous after a mass of late 19thC virtuosity, and he played it very well. His Debussy prelude was the best that I heard, so I expected him to be placed, but not to beat the superior ability of the favoured Russian, who clearly has much more experience, breathtaking control, and more repertoire under his belt.
I agreed with the People's Choice of Rem Urasin, a wonderfully refined and musical Russian. He won the Mozart Concerto prize, and was runner up. It must have been close.
Chu Fang Huang won the best performance of a Debussy Prelude, so I wish I had heard her.
What's good is that it hasn't gone to a noisy, barnstorming Eastern European with Connections..!
Hurrah, musicianship wins!