“Delja-mania” on display

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There was an audible rise in the decibel level of the applause and approving crowd yells the moment Alessandro Deljavan walked on the stage for his semifinal chamber performance Sunday afternoon.

As his expressive, close-cropped bearded face filled up the above-stage screen, the hall’s audience seemed to want to ride a mini-wave of “Delja-mania” — one that is picking up steam around the 26-year old Cliburn veteran as he advances through the competition.

One hour later, Deljavan, leaning heavily on a backstage practice piano, admitted to being plain “tired” after his Dvorak quintet with the Brentano Quartet. When asked if the Dvorak work had a particular resonance for him, Deljavan answered with his usual mix of sincerity and playfulness: “My host Mom is of Czech origin,” he replied, “And since Dvorak is Czech, I decided to dedicate it all to her.”

When asked about how even when playing with a quartet, the camera still sought out his wide array of camera-ready facial expressions, Deljavan said that they were simply a reflection “of how hard I’m working.”

True that.

— Andrew Marton, Special to the Star-Telegram

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