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Piano wars

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Anne Midgette’s great piece, http://voices.washingtonpost.com/the-classical-beat/2009/10/steinway_rolls_in.html inspired me to revisit this Sydney stoush…

The Seventh Sydney International Piano Competition, July 2000. The atmosphere in the Olympic city was electric. From a field of 36 competitors, there were just six finalists about to face the grand play off in front of a live audience of 2500 and a further 1.6 million listeners tuning into ABC Classic FM’s live broadcast.

Who would it be? The dazzling young performer from Japan; the powerful and commanding Ukrainian; or the retiring Russian girl, in whose delicate hands Mozart floated like perfection through the Concert Hall of the Sydney Opera House?

With all votes in, the hall fell silent as the chair of the jury made the long-awaited announcement. The winner of the 2000 Sydney International Piano Competition… Steinway!

The full story…

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Author: harryfiddler

Harriet Cunningham – aka @harryfiddler — is a freelance writer based in Sydney. Harriet wrote her first novel, about a runaway cat, at the age of 7. In the forty year gap between novel 1 and novel 2 she moved from London to Edinburgh to Sydney, ran an opera company, played violin on the opera house stage and sailed from Gove to Darwin. She is now a music critic and writer, best known as the critic who got banned by Opera Australia. She still hangs out at the Sydney Opera House, is still trying to get that novel published, and still plays the violin.

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