A margarita for Mndoyants? Why not

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Nikita Mndoyants was still holding the audience flowers from his last concerto of the Cliburn competition on Saturday night, the first of six finalists to play all of his music. He said it had not yet sunk in.

“Not yet, but of course it was a relief,” he said. “It’s a bit stressful. I tried to feel like a concert, but it’s difficult. There is pressure.”

He now had the longest wait until the medalists are announced on Sunday evening. Did he worry about his chances?

“Of course I have a little worry about prizes,” he said. “I think everybody does, but now that is not the first point. This competition, with a worldwide influence, I was shown to people. People could hear me. I receive an audience so that is much more important for me.”

He was asked how he planned to celebrate his final Cliburn note. A margarita, perhaps?

“Why not,” the 24-year-old Russian said.

--Tim Madigan

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