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Day 2 and 3rd round results…

There is built in drama and excitement in every competition, and in the Chopin Competition this manifests itself in the lobby of the Philharmonic where spectators, press and competitors all gather together to await the results read by the chairman of the jury.

Photo: Competition awaits results of the third round which eliminates 10 of the 20 remaining finalists

Results:
Yulianna Avdeeva, Russia
Evgeni Bozhanov, Bulgaria
François Dumont, France
Lukas Geniusas, Russia/Lithuania
Nikolay Khozynainov, Russia
Miroslav Kultyshev, Russia
Daniil Trifonov, Russia
Hélène Tysman, France
Pawel Wakarecy, Poland
Ingolf Wunder, Austria

No Americans are in the finals, which begin on Monday and which will include a performance of one of Chopin’s two piano concertos with orchestra.  There were even more alums in the competition from American conservatories (especially Juillard and Curtis) and none of them made the cut, either.

In an interview with Polish Radio, Andrew Tyson (Curtis) said that his mistake was to look at the comments of his performance on the internet, and that this threw him off for the rest of the competition.

Indeed, the huge difference from the last competition five years ago is that everything is (beautifully) streaming live on the internet, and spectators from around the world get to play jury member.  The Chopin Institute website even has a poll allowing spectators to vote on their own finalists.

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