Oleksandr Poliykov showed confidence and lyricism
Performances start at 11 a.m.
Claire Huangci slept well, woke early, Skyped with friends in Europe and ate a Friday morning breakfast of strawberries.
The first day of the 14th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition may be a little early to spot any trends, but at least by the final notes Friday, high competence seemed assured, and several competitors went beyond that.
Claire Huangci of the United States will play the first notes of the 2013 preliminary recitals at Bass Hall.
The competitors gathered at Bass Hall for orientation, photos and reunions.
Activity picked up Tuesday ahead of the opening day Friday.
Van Cliburns friends and colleagues reflect on what his passing means for the competition, which begins Friday.
With just five female competitors in a field of 30, this year's Cliburn seems to be a man's world.