There was an incident on day four. I was the cause of it. See my confession in the video below. I felt very very ashamed. Very ashamed.
That aside, a cracking day hearing Beethoven 3 and Brahms 2 under the fingers of spirited players whose performances widened and made hands sore.
A note about today’s video
I’m reminded that I’ve reached the age where long hair really doesn’t suit me. It’s thinning. You can see that. I can see that. It’s embarrassing. If I’m daring, I’ll get it done here. If not, I’ll make the first thing I do when I get back to London.
Observations from the second round
A couple of slightly surreal moments stick in my mind.
First, seeing from auditorium seat one competitor post-performance pacing up and down on the phone outside a cafe whilst the next performer was on stage.
Then later, while the jury deliberated seeing each of the semi-finalists walk back to the building to get the results. It was like waiting to get my final degree results in Lancaster in 1994. Nerve-wracking, exciting and very public.
The highlight of the second round has undoubtedly been discovering the Brahms No. 2 sonata – my new
Two finalists will perform concertos on Tuesday and Wednesday next week. The finalists and the works they’re performing are:
Fedor Amosov (RUS) – Tuesday 12 June – Khachaturian Concerto-Rhapsody
Rustem Khamidullin (RUS) – Tuesday 12 June – Khachaturian Concerto-Rhapsody
Chae-Won Hong (SKR) – Wednesday 13 June – Khachaturian Cello Concerto
Jonathan Swensen (DEN) – Wednesday 13 June – Khachaturian Concerto-Rhapsody
Watch all of the daily reports from the Aram Khachaturian Cello Competition on YouTube.
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