Earlier today, at the Aram Khachaturian Museum in Yerevan, local press and one international journalist sat with 14 young cellists to witness the drawing of lots and the
As with all good things, hands went into glass bowls and bits of paper with numbers of them were revealed to the crowd. I watched proceedings.
There was an undeniable sense of excitement in the room. There were also supportive cheers when Sevak Avanesyan discovered he’d drawn first in the running. No-one likes to go first.
This is the running order decided upon for the next two days.
The first round demands each competitor play a movement from one of three Bach Suites – numbers 4, 5, or 6 – followed by either Tchaikovsky’s Pezzo Cappricioso, Popper’s Dance of the Elves, or Rostropovich’s Humoresque, and Schubert’s ‘Arpeggione’ sonata.
Note, all times below are Armenian time – three hours ahead of BST. Also, note that two competitors were a no-show at the drawing of lots.
Sevek Avanesyan (Arm/Bel) 11.00am June 7
Mon-Puo Lee (Esp/Tai) 11.40am June 7
Varduhi Mirzoyan (Arm) 12.40pm June 7
Fedor Amosov (Rus) 1.20pm June 7
Kenta Uno (Jpn) 4.00pm June 7
Rustem Khamidullin (Rus) 4.40pm June 7
Hyejin Kim (Kor) 5.40pm June 7
Chae-Won Hong (Kor) 11.00am June 8
Zhanna Miniotas (Rus) 11.40am June 8
Jonathan Swensen (Den) 12.40pm June 8
Anna Koshkina (Rus) 1.20pm June 8
Vasily Stepanov (Rus) 4.00pm June 8
Mikayel Petrosyan (Arm) 4.40pm June 8