May 6, 2012 at 10:17 AMThey are:
A schedule of performances in the semifinal can be found here.
My impression of Chen's playing at the QE was that he just blows you away by how perfect he is technically -- perfect in ways that the other performers, while excellent, could not reach -- a higher level. The other thing is the apparent ease with which he accomplishes this, hardly breaking a sweat in the Rondo-Capriccioso, for example, whereas one of his competitors (a Latvian woman, as I recall) looked as though she'd run a marathon after playing that. Of course now that Chen is a performing and recording artist he can show us all of his artistry. I haven't heard his recording of the Franck yet but that is certainly on my list.
What's amazing (and a little depressing) to me is that if you look at that list of violinists who are semifinalists in this competition, they are all fantastic violinists. And yet, ten years from now, will anyone know who they are? Will they have performing or even orchestral careers? Or will they be teaching "Twinkle" or "Boil 'Em Cabbage Down" to droves of tiny children playing tiny violins so that in the next generation the likelihood of professional success will be even more scarce?
btw. Does anyone know if there is a podcast from the 5th may? I only can find two or three of the competitors from that day. I want to listen to the most interesting ones for me and at that point the podcast stops... typical! Why don't they have a competent technical team/partner? Live stream would be also good. maybe the queen gets old...
edit: I found the podcasts... they were not listed but existent
Petteri IIVONEN (2nd place)
KIM Bomsori (finale, as far as i remember... heard her live first round in helsinki, not my style... but certainly good)
Andrey BARANOV (until second round)
Nancy ZHOU (finale)
Esther YOO (3rd place i think.. she was very young and got a bonus therefore. solid playing of course from the finale I liked Nancy Zhou better, who got nothing...)
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