Category Archives: piano competitions

Alessandro Deljavan is a Cliburn winner for me!

Over at the Piano World forums, it’s the morning after selection of Cliburn Competition finalists, and many are aghast that a dynamic, soulful, and risk-taking pianist was overlooked. Here’s what one poster said: “Competition winners are typically the reliable pianists … Continue reading

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Seymour Bernstein’s riveting statement about the piano competition environment and what changes are needed

“Are all of you listening to one spectacular young pianist after another? (Cliburn Competition in progress) “Why should they have to be placed in the position of competing against one another, and facing the possibility of being rejected by a … Continue reading

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Piano “Competitions”–Do we need them?

The word “competition” in the realm of music-making doesn’t work for me. Those who serve the poetry of music and view technique, not as athletically driven, but as a means to a higher artistic end can be offended by glitzy, … Continue reading

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Rekindling memories of Van Cliburn, the Cold War, Kirill Kondrashin, etc

A friend sent me a link to her favorite performance of Tschaikovsky’s Bb minor, WARHORSE concerto– the one with the big splash CHORD opener. Pianists dream of conquering these sonorities without a falter, but not necessarily in their lifetime. For … Continue reading

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