DeGarmo possesses remarkable velocity, clarity, power, and musicality, and wisely selected a group of pieces which, while widely recognized, are hardly overworked, and which played well to his particular strengths as a pianist. After smoothly navigating the rhythmic and voicing pitfalls of the Barber, Adent created the optimal sense of motion, arrival, and joy implied in the Debussy, landing on a false note at the end—but still achieving the underlying excitement in this piece. After a somewhat tense opening in the Bach, Kinpe successfully relaxed into the more fluid body of the work. An ear-catching soft, slow opening lead to quick moments of passion, reflection, laziness, and a final, noisy, toccata-like movement—all beautifully controlled—inspired one of the most enthusiastic ovations of the day. General nervousness created an exciting but ultimately dry rendition, with little real forward impetus. And Haines beautifully evoked, balanced, and held together the intoxicating blend of nostalgia and radical musical experimentation including quotes from Beethoven, Wagner, and old American hymns in this astounding portrayal of the American spirit.
Van Cliburn, American classical pianist, dies
Student ready for Van Cliburn Competition - Northwestern Now
The finalists are: Xavier Aymonod , 40, strategy consultant France. Read our review of the first concert of semifinalists here. Read our review of the second concert of semifinalists here. During the Semifinal Round June 23 , 12 competitors played 25—28 minute recitals. Gregory Knight , 53, software engineer United States.
Seventh Cliburn International Amateur Piano Competition
They arrived in Texas on Sunday as doctors, lawyers, scientists, retired teachers and stay-at-home moms. But for the past glorious week, the 69 contestants in the Cliburn Amateur international competition were something else: Concert pianists on a global stage. The three San Diego County contestants who made it into the Cliburn Amateur in Fort Worth once dreamed of concert careers, but for financial and other reasons were forced to set their dreams aside. The Cliburn Amateur , launched in and now held every four years, was created for people like Cheng: Adults 35 and over who have played for years with great passion but never professionally.
Originally named the Van Cliburn International Quadrennial Piano Competition, the organization was created shortly after Van Cliburn 's victory at the inaugural International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow in as a means of perpetuating his legacy of effecting cultural diplomacy through classical music. Instituted by a group of Fort Worth music teachers and other individuals. The first competition was held in , the foundation received its tax-exempt status in , and the name was changed to the Van Cliburn Foundation in to acknowledge its expanded mission and programming. The competition consists of three separate rounds: Preliminary, Semifinal, and Final. In addition to performing recitals, competitors are also required to perform a piano quintet during the Semifinal round, accompanied by a string quartet, and two concerti, one scored for a chamber orchestra and one scored for a full symphony orchestra, accompanied by the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra in the Final round.