Kuan-Ting Lin didn’t let noise throw him off

Posted Saturday, May. 25, 2013  comments  Print Reprints

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Kuan-Ting Lin will be letting his playing mostly speak for itself at the Cliburn. The 21-year-old has a limited command of English (but he speaks Chinese and Russian fluently).

After his performance Saturday morning, which concluded with a thunderous trio of sections of Liszt’s Annees de pelerinage, Book I that brought the Bass Hall audience to its feet, the smiling and friendly pianist allowed that he thought that his performance went “fine.”

“I am really glad I can share some of my music with the audience,” he said, speaking quiet, but clear, English.

Lin, who is from Taiwan and currently lives in Moscow, had to deal with a few extraneous noises during the performance, including the clapping of an audience that was so anxious to applaud him that they fell for the fake ending Liszt wrote into Vallee d’Obermann.

“I heard them, but it didn’t bother me,” Lin said about the early applause, brief cell phone and one other unidentified thump during his fevered performance.

— Punch Shaw, Special to the Star-Telegram

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