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UPDATE, June 20 : The winners of this year's San Antonio International Piano Competition are: Gold Medalist: Scott Cuellar Silver Medalist: Sung Chang Bronze Medalist: Osip Nikoforov Congratulations to the winners! The video at the bottom of this page now links to the final round of competition. UPDATE, 9:45 p.m. Thursday: Five competitors have advanced to the final round for the 2016 San Antonio International Piano Competition. They are: Osip Nikiforov (Russia) Joseph Choi (USA) Scott...

When critics talk about Yuja Wang , they continue to reach for superlatives. Earlier this month Mark Swed of the Los Angeles Times referred to her as one who "eats the world's greatest keyboard challenges for breakfast with one hand tied behind her back." The headline for the Orange County Register review of the same concert Swed gushed over read: "Yuja Wang astonishes in recital ..." And a New York Times review from three years ago contains words such as "apocalyptic" and "exhilarating." If...

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When the San Antonio Symphony was deciding what would be the perfect piece of music to share with school children for an upcoming Young People's Concert , Camille Saint-Saens’ Carnival of the Animals , with its picturesque melodies, was a natural choice. And when they went looking for piano soloists, the orchestra chose two players not much older than the audience they’d be performing for, Rhiannon Bishop and Helen Nebeker , both high school students, and accomplished pianists. “This is...

When Franz Liszt wrote The Fountains of the Villa d'Este , he added a Latin quotation from the Gospel of St. John. It says: "But the water that I shall give him shall become in him a well of water springing up into eternal life." That composition is featured on the newest album by French pianist Helene Grimaud , called Water . Because that's the theme of the album: The pieces she plays are all, somehow, connected to water. Like Luciano Berio's piece Wasserklavier, or "Water Piano." In between...

A late venue change for the Tuesday Musical Club’s most recent concert led to a 15-minute delay in showtime , but it was worth the wait. Pianist Charlie Albright breathed life into old standards and even created a fully-formed composition on the spot, using four notes suggested to him by the audience. The impromptu composition was just one highlight of many on the program, which Albright capped with two encores. Albright began the program with two Impromptus by Franz Schubert, a sunny opener...

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