Choosing the last spot

Posted Monday, May. 27, 2013  comments  Print Reprints

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When Yuri Favorin’s name was selected during the draw party on Wednesday, there weren’t that many slots left for the first phase of the Cliburn piano competition.

So he decided to take a chance on the last slot.

“I think the last is better than the first,” Favorin said after he finished his recital on Monday, but he admitted, “it’s difficult just to wait for so many days when you’re ready to play.”

Favorin also chose one of the more obscure compositions of the preliminary round, Orion III by 20th century composer, Andre Boucourechliev. Favorin said he chose the piece to pair with Schubert’s Sonata in E-flat major, the first piece he played during his recital.

“It’s a good combination,” Favorin said.

Andrea Ahles, 817-390-7631

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