A series of conversations with the Cliburn competitors
Oleksandr (Alex) Poliykov
(Pronounced A-lex POHL-ee-kov)
“Later, she was organizing concerts where I could play solo, four hands, or chamber music, and I loved those minutes of performances,” he adds. “The older I was becoming and the more I was playing, the dream to become a great artist was becoming more and more conscious.”
“One of the many interesting and important facts about conducting, and I don’t think that average listener usually [gives] this a thought, is that each field of conducting, whether it is a symphonic work, an accompaniment with a soloist(-s), an opera, or a ballet, requires very specific adjustments in technique.”
Recent books he has read include Hermann Hesse’s Das Glasperlenspiel, aka The Glass Bead Game, Hesse’s final novel, which is a 23rd-century-set story about a man obsessed with becoming a master of the complex Glass Bead Game; and a rereading of The Van Cliburn Story, by longtime Chicago Tribune arts critic Howard Reich.