Virtuosity searches for the musical souls of the most gifted young pianists on the planet as they try to make a name for themselves at the 2013 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. The pressure on these kids is overwhelming, because the stakes are so high: prize money, concert bookings, a recording contract, a career. At the heart of this story is the courage it takes for a 20-year-old to go onstage alone before 2,000 people, and hundreds of thousands more online, and play a unique interpretation of one of the most difficult pieces ever written for the piano. The Competition requires not only a transcendent musical ability, but a mental toughness that must sustain the soloist through three straight weeks of performance. The Cliburn becomes as much a test of character as a musical proving ground.
FEATURING 30 PIANISTS, INCLUDING VADYM KHOLODENKO (UKRAINE), BEATRICE RANA (ITALY), SEAN CHEN (UNITED STATES), FEI-FEI DONG (CHINA), NIKITA MNDOYANTS (RUSSIA), TOMOKI SAKATA (JAPAN), ALESSANDRO DELJAVAN (ITALY), AND STEVEN LIN (UNITED STATES)
LEONARD SLATKIN CONDUCTOR
FORT WORTH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
BRENTANO STRING QUARTET
Directed by Christopher Wilkinson