Probably the most important decision any of the 29 pianists in the Thirteenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition can make is the choice of which instrument they will play in the series of performances.
DFW.com has an interesting story about one of the competitors, Washington state’s Stephen Beus, exploration of the three available pianos. Did he make the right choice?
For those unable to attend the Competition, live internet braodcast of all recitals is available for the first time this year at www.cliburn.tv. Follow the link there to download the Silverlight program that will allow you to view the broadcasts.
Several bloggers, including Portland’s own James McQuillen, will keep us informed as the Competition progresses. Natacha Kudritskaya, a 25-year-old Ukrainian pianist drew the first position and will begin her recital at 1:00 local time today. Beus follows her at 2:05.