What Fort Worth and Russia have in common

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Russian pianist Alexey Chernov, who presented the first of his two preliminary round recitals at the Cliburn on Sunday, has beat up his passport pretty good while developing his career.

He has studied in his homeland and the Royal College of Music in London, and has performed widely across Europe.

Since he knows such a broad range of piano audiences so well, we sought his opinion on how Cliburn audiences compare to those in Russia, where it seems everyone has piano scores imprinted on their DNA.

“Everywhere is different. [But the Cliburn audience is] very similar to Russian audiences,” said Chernov, 30, who makes his home in Moscow. “When I played two years ago in the Tchaikovsky Competition, they appreciated me a lot. And here, the reaction has been the same.”

And how did he feel about this particular recital, which featured works by Bach, Scriabin and Ravel?

“I felt good,” he said, still a bit winded and excited from his performance.

— Punch Shaw, Special to the Star-Telegram

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