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.
For the final round, each competitor will play a piano quintet with the Brentano String Quartet and a concerto of their choice with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, conducted by jury chairman Leonard Slatkin.