Happy TCU homecoming for Yuan

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For Jie Yuan from China, playing his preliminary round recital at the Cliburn was really like coming home.

After all, the 27-year old native of Changchun earned his Bachelor of Music degree in 2009 up the road at TCU — before moving on to the Juilliard School where he is currently studying.

“It truly is like being back home,” he said. “I got so used to Texas after five years being here. I really miss TCU and it’s been so nice to meet up with one of my old professors, Tamas Ungar.”

Yuan was the last of the Cliburn’s Day 3 contestants to play and the Hall audience clearly saved their biggest appreciation for the very end — exhorting Yuan to return for three curtain calls.

“I was really happy when that happened,” Yuan said, “Because I honestly wasn’t quite sure about how I played the last piece, but I guess it all worked out pretty well.”

— Andrew Marton, Special to the Star-Telegram

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