A case of nerves, then a rousing ovation

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Most Cliburn competitors don’t admit it. Giuseppe Greco did. For his Friday night recital, the last of the first day, he was nervous.

“This is the first time I play in this beautiful and very big hall,” he said. “And for me it was a dream to play in the Van Cliburn competition. I was very excited.”

How long did it take him to relax on stage?

“Ten minutes,” he said.

“Ten minutes!” Cliburn official Susan Robertson said. “That’s a long time play that way.”

But eventually, the nerves left him, and by the second movement of his opening piece, a Beethoven sonata, the 23-year-old Italian was clearly enjoying himself.

“I like it very much when I play that piece,” Greco said. “Beethoven is my favorite composer.”

Debussy seems to agree with him, too. When he finished with Debussy, Greco received one of the loudest ovations of the day.

“I’m very happy,” he said. “If I see that the public is happy, I’m happy, too.”

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