I am very pleased with the results.
Lukas Vondracek is the Winner ! As soon as I heard him playing I knew it.
He is above all the other Finalists. He is also prepared to give all the concerts coming after the Competition.
Kramer 2nd. Astonishing Prokofiev 2
Young Alex Beyer 3rd. Means that the jury believes in the possibilities of his maturing. It is as I wrote after he played. He won my heart, and as a good wine will become better within the next five years. He will acquire more experience playing with orchestras, and control better his tempi.
Hans H Suh 4th. Strong pianist.
Aljosa Jurinic 5th. He deserved a better ranking, but Chopin is not appreciated by the jury, only at the Chopin Competition in Warsaw.
Many 5th Finalists had beautiful careers. I had classified him in the top 3.
Ferro 6th. He seduced the public, which is already very positive, and took risks, playing the imposed piece by heart.
I guess Dmitry Shishkin must have been borderline with the points to be in the top 6.
But let us not forget that in 1968 Mitsuko Uchida was 10th, Elizaveta Leonskaya 9th, Edward Auer 7th, François Duchable 11th.
Who remembers the Prizewinner Ekaterina Novitzkaya ?
The jury has faith in the future of young musicians.
It is absolutely the way I feeled, when organizing my series “Podium Jonge Musici”.
Encouraging young exceptional talented musicians in their twenties to play in public and getting one step higher in this difficult musical world. I am proud to have been able to present Avi Avital, Marc Bouchkov, Edgar Moreau… who got immediately worldwide recognition.