The finals of the Cliburn have just finished. It's been an exciting competition, with an extraordinarily fluid dynamic over the past five days. Each performance has added a new wrinkle, and to my mind, the jury could decide in a number of plausible ways. For the record, though, here's how I think it might come out:
Gold: Haochen Zhang
Silver: Nobuyuki Tsujii
Crystal: Yeol Eum Son
Chamber Music Award(s): Zhang (Schumann) & Bozhanov (Franck)
New Work Award(s): Kunz, White Lies; Lifits, Hagen Suite
There may be a Jury Discretionary Award. My guess would be Andrea Lam.
Again, this is only one of several possible outcomes...we'll know soon enough!
Nobuyuki will take first, Haochen Zhang will take second, and Evgeni Bozhanov will take third.
Posted by Alex H. | June 7, 2009 6:13 PM
Congratulations on your picks! I am especially pleased that the Jury made the first two winners a tie. I, too, had chosen them.
Thank you for all of your insightful reports to us. They have been very valuable in helping me to fully experience the art of this competition.
Posted by Mardelle Ebell | June 7, 2009 7:28 PM
Thanks, Greg. I really enjoyed all your commentary. Any chance you can give us one more summary take on the whole thing?