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Review: Sixth International Piano Competition for Outstanding Amateurs | Cliburn Concerts | Van Cliburn Recital Hall


Cliburn Amateur Reviews

Here are all 101 reviews from every round at the Sixth International Competition for Outstanding Amateurs.



published Sunday, May 29, 2011
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Gregory Sullivan Isaacs, even with his leg still in a cast (and his dutiful editor wheeling him around in a wheelchair at breaks), is watching every performance at the Sixth International Piano Competition for Outstanding Amateurs at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth.

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Warren writes:
Wednesday, May 25 at 9:25PM

The reviewer questions the "amateur" status of one performer today, an employee of Yamaha Piano. Contrary to the reviewer's statement expressing confidence that participants have been vetted as amateurs by the Cliburn Foundation, this competition fully embraces as amateurs those with advanced degrees in piano performance as well as those with past extensive public performance experience. Indeed former professors of piano who have earned DMA (Doctor of Musical Arts) degrees have qualified and competed. I share the reviewer's skepticism that this competitor is an amateur. Indeed this "amateur" has been a winner and finalist in other amateur competitions, and is performing around the world. Surely he is not paying his own way for such performances. Such competitors certainly compromise the integrity of such competitions, and most seriously taints the celebration of real amateur pianists.

Christine Cheng (Participant of 2011 IPCOA) writes:
Thursday, May 26 at 8:54AM

I have to respectfully disagree. The pianist in question fully qualifies as an amateur under the rules of the IPCOA (or any other amateur competition). He has performed around the world by the invitations of the French Pianestival, an organization that invites past winners and finalists from major international amateur competitions to perform and share their gifts with the world. A brief review of the Pianestival's website, www.Pianestival.org, shows some performer's names very familiar to the Cliburn IPCOA: Henry Delbeau (a finalist in 2007), Paul Anthony Romero (past winner of both IPCOA and Paris amateur piano competition) and Christopher Shih (a competitor in this year's IPCOA who brought the house down yesterday with his performance and aptly has advanced to the semifinal round). The twice a year festivals organized by Pianestival EXACTLY celebrate the amateur spirit by giving these amazing musicians a stage to realize their dreams of performing and sharing their gifts with the world.

Haruko Fujimoto writes:
Friday, May 27 at 6:04AM

Warren writes: Surely he is not paying his own way for such performances. How do you know? I heard that he has been always paying his own way for such performances (Pianestival concerts). I think Pianestival organization is wonderful for fine amateur musicians.


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