I turned in yet another audition tape and got into fifth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition for Outstanding Amateurs. Even though I did not progress to the next level of the competition, I enjoyed every minute of it, and my piano playing is better every time. I'll probably enter the next one (if I can get in) because there is nothing like a deadline and a competition to improve one's playing. It was also great to meet so many people from all walks of life who also play the piano so well, as well as all of the friends from the prior competitions. And, we all felt treated like stars during this fine event. Thanks to all who organized, hosted, and worked on this inspiring competition, which continues to improve in many ways each time.
So far I have nothing organized (will in a month or two), and just some raw pictures here.
Ken's great picture collection is here.
The Cliburn site is here and the Cliburn youtube videos are here.
Here is Jon Nakamatsu's speech Saturday evening which made us all proud: Audio only or
The four Van Cliburn gold medalists on the Jury treat us to a performance of GoldFingers. (Warning: slow download ~50MB)
Here is a youtube link of me playing the Chopin Fantasie Impromptu: videos.
More of me playing at home here.
Here is an article which talked about me: article