Tuesday, 2 June 2009

Van Cliburn International Piano Competition 2009: Finalists named

The top six of VC 2009 have been named, they are:

SON, Yeol Eum
TSUJII, Nobuyuki
VACATELLO, Mariangela
WU, Di
ZHANG, Haochen

Here is the list of concertos to be performed:

BEETHOVEN #2 - once (Wu)
BEETHOVEN #4 - once (Vacatello)
CHOPIN #1 - twice (Bozhanov & Tsujii)
CHOPIN #2 - once (Son)
MOZART #20 - once (Zhang)
PROKOFIEV #2 - twice (Son & Zhang)
PROKOFIEV #3 - once (Vacatello)
RACHMANINOV #2 - twice (Bozhanov & Tsujii)
RACHMANINOV #3 - once (Wu)
Why is everyone so scared of Mozart?

Most unusual picks for final recitals:
BACH-PETRI Sheep May Safely Graze (Son)
SCHOENBERG Drei Klavierstucke Op.11 (Wu)
TAKEMITSU Rain Tree Sketch (Bozhanov)
Look for Vacatello to kick butt in Shostakovich's Prelude & Fugue Op.87 No.15!

Also watch out for the Battle of the Gaspards: Vacatello vs Wu vs Zhang

May the best man, woman and blind person win.

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