The Honens International Piano Competition is wrapping up tonight. Yesterday morning I heard 3 of the 5 finalists rehearse their concerti with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra. We were treated to the Rachmaninoff 2nd, the Tchaikovsky B-flat, and the Brahms D minor. Big, lush, over-the-top Romantic stuff. What’s not to love?
Last night those 3 finalists competed in concert. I sat in the comfort of my home, red wine in hand, and watched the live-streaming. The sound and excitement are obviously not the same as being there in person, but it was still quite glorious to watch. Of these first 3, my favourite is Italian Lorenzo Cassi, who played the Brahms on the Fazioli piano.
This morning – 2 more rehearsals of the Brahms, then tonight is their performance and the announcement of the winner. Kind of a re-run of yesterday for me with one notable exception – in between all this, I get my 30 minutes on the Horowitz Steinway this afternoon.
Life if good.
- Entertainer vs. Artist (ladonasmusicstudio.com)
- Honens taps into live streaming of competition performances (theglobeandmail.com)
- Honens Piano Competition expands with live webcasts, $100K prize (cbc.ca)
- 5 young musicians advance in Honens piano contest (cbc.ca)