Stiff person syndrome, which is characterized by muscle stiffness and episodes of painful muscle spasms, affects only 1 out of 1 million people. But it hasn’t stopped Sherry Jo Ward from taking the stage.
Of the 30 original Cliburn competitors, 23 selected one piano from among three to play. New York piano technician Ismael Cunha, who is caring for that one piano, talks about the care and keeping of these instruments that he has made his career.
Daniel Hsu of the U.S. stood out Thursday evening, but Rachel Cheung of Hong Kong and Georgy Tchaidze of Russia also offered strong chamber music performances Thursday night in the 15th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition.
On Monday morning, this year’s Cliburn medalists will wake up to a new world, with hundreds of performances arranged for them around the world by the competition. Past medalists have fared well as concert pianists.