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Virtuosity - XIVth Edition Van Cliburn International Piano Competition

DVD-Video
1 Feb 2015

Barcode: 0880242612885

Other participants: Vadym Kholodenko (Ukraine) · Beatrice Rana (Italy) · Sean Chen (United States) · Fei-Fei Dong (China) · Nikita Mndoyants (Russia) · Tomoki Sakata (Japan) · Alessandro Deljavan (Italy) · Steven Lin (United States) · Forth Worth Symphony Orchestra · Leonard Slatkin · Brentano String Quartet

Virtuosity searches for the musical souls of the most gifted young pianists as they try to make a name for themselves at the 2013 Van Cliburn International Piano Competiton. The film focuses on this group of young musicians as they articulate their personalities through their music: brilliant, eccentric, tender, touching, dazzling, deadly serious, wildly entertaining. At the heart of this film 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. All of the onstage brilliance and backstage drama takes place in the year in which the inspiration and namesake of the competition, Van Cliburn, passed away - this film is a tribute to his memory, and to his particular genius.

The production has been awarded the Czech Crystal Award for best documentary at the Golden Prague festival 2015.