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Concert review: 2nd Steinway Asia Pacific Regional Finals

Published on Jul 27, 2014 8:56 AM

Yong Siew Toh Conservatory Concert Hall

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For the second time in three years, the biennial Steinway Asia Pacific Regional Finals for pianists under the age of 17 was hosted by Singapore. As with the event two years ago, this competition brought together some of the most talented young keyboard talents in East Asia to vie for a residency in the Steinway Music Festival in Hamburg, Germany, to be held later this year.

Each pianist had been judged on a 20-minute solo programme by an international jury earlier in the day, and the gala concert was a showcase of a sample of their prowess. Quite predictably, most of the eight finalists selected virtuosic music from Russia and Eastern Europe, almost guaranteed to strike awe in the hearts of listeners. At stake was a Most Popular Pianist prize, voted by a live and Internet audience in the manner of Singapore Idol.

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