and here is my decision on the winners of the 12 Rubinstein master pianist competition:
Young Denis Zhdanov had a few minutes of great playing the pictures in an exhibition.
Roman Rabinovitch played uniquely.
Innessa Synkevitch charmed me completely with her fast energetic playing.
David Fung has a great spirit, & perfect playing. Great pianist.
Irena Zacharenkova should have won for the encore she played – only then she really enjoyed what she was doing & was herself. Besides that she knew to create magic in her extremely accurate climaxes of Mozart concerto #23.
Sasha Grinyuk played the most amazing Heydn sonata I ever heard. Too bad he didn’t get further.
Ching-Yun Hu is an amazing pianist. I liked her playing a lot. Just perfect beautiful playing. Oh & her name Ching Yun – wow! (quiet contemplation I think).
Khatia Buniatishvili is the most amazing. This girl knows to control her hands, and express her personality. She can play Debussy with her hands hovering over the keyboard. She can conduct the orchestra with one hand in Mozart concerti. She’s full of inner beauty that spills out in her playing. Too bad she didn’t get the 1st prize, even if the others are excellent players as well.