On Sun, 19 Sep 2021, Andy Evans wrote:
> I put Dmytro Choni (28,Ukraine) Kaito Kobayashi (25,Japan) and Ariel Lanyi (23,Israel) as my top three, and in the end they came 2, 3 and 4.
Actually, 4, 3 and 2, respectively.
> I find Alim Beisambayev pretty boring, despite his wonderful pianism. For me he doesn't have what it takes to be a really top pianist - a really superior concept of the architecture of a piece, and how to deliver that with contrast and appropriate phrasing. For me he's bland - he doesn't have that overall concept and architecture. I switch off.
He did also get the audience award (live online votes). After the fact,
I found his Paganini Rhapsody really well played, but I agree, not
exciting. Perhaos the effort needed to prepare this difficult piece
left hin little time fo more, but that's pure speculation. I had done
a little random sampling of round 2, and thought his Op. 111 was pretty
good. And I presume all rounds were taken into account by the jury.
> Everyone else seems to love him. I think probably Kaito Kobayashi should have won - he did win the chamber prize, and he has made some well-known musical friends for future gigs.
My own favorite in the finals was Kobayashu's Bartók. I thought Lanyi
played the Brahms well, but I'm picky about the work and wasn't
I listened only to the first movement of Choni's Beethoven, and did not
take to him as a pianist.
I found the repertory lineup in he finals was refreshing: Bartók,
but no Rach concertos or Liszt or Chopin or (thank God) PIT #1. :)
The announcers said several times that the Leeds is the most
important international piano competition. What's that about? I
guess it's the only one which has results announced by a Dame.