Van Cliburn International Piano Competition
May 25 - June 10, 2017

Van Cliburn International Piano Competition

Palpable Pressure

Preliminary, Quarterfinal, and now we are on to the Semifinal round of the Fifteenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition! The competition is heating up and we are eager to see who can handle the rise in temperature!


After a day of rest, competitors Daniel Hsu (19) of the United States and Dasol Kim (28) of South Korea arrived on-site at Bass Hall ready to perform. Hsu opted to perform a daring program including Four Impromptus, D. 899, op. 90 by Schubert and Variations on a Theme by Handel, op. 24 by Brahms. Daring choices from a bold competitor who executed the performance exceedingly well. Dasol Kim (28) of South Korea chose a more varied program including Fantasie in F-sharp minor, op. 28 by Mendelssohn, Intermezzo in D-flat major, op. 40, no. 7 by Kapustin, and Sonata in B-flat Major, D. 960 by Schubert. Most notably, Kim seemed to awaken the audience from a lull in their attention with this engaging program. Particularly, the Kapustin was well-received and Kim was in total control during his performance. 

Rehearsals with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Nicholas McGegan began today. The competitors will perform Mozart Concerti with the FWSO as part of the semifinal round beginning Saturday. This is an exciting experience for the competitors as in previous competitions, only the finalists had the opportunity to perform with the orchestra. Although these rehearsals are entirely closed, has been given permission to attend the rehearsals and we look forward to sharing this exclusive content with our viewers and readers! Pictured below is Rachel Cheung (25) of Hong Kong rehearsing with the orchestra! 

Aside from the palpable energy emanating off of the competitors backstage, the and Cliburn teams had relatively smooth sailing this evening. Managing logistics with only twelve competitors is more simplistic than a 30 person competition. With only two competitors performing solo recitals this evening, everyone had a relatively early night and are home resting for tomorrow.

As for tomorrow, is ecstatic for the continued coverage of our webcast! Competitors Yutong Sun (21) of China and Honggi Kim (25) of South Korea will perform in the second round of semifinals. In the evening, the third round of the semifinals will take place with Yury Favorin (30) of Russia and Georgy Tchaidze (29) of Russia performing. Between recitals, Anderson & Roe are still conducting live interviews. The first interview tomorrow will be with the fourth prize finalist from 1977, Michel Dalberto. The second interview will be with Rico Gilda, the Head of Concert Planning & Administration, Programming Advising & Publication Management at the Vienna Konzerthaus.

Without a doubt, the temperature is rising in this musical kitchen. Before we know it, six competitors will not be able to handle the heat and will be eliminated from the competition. Be sure to tune in to the webcast tomorrow to see the next rounds of the competition. Follow us on social media for all of the latest updates and exclusive content you cannot find anywhere else! 

By Katie Kelly

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