Steve Kutzer wrote: ↑
Sat Aug 19, 2017 10:02 pm
Seeing some videos of when Leonora Spangenberger was 11 (think she might be 16 now), I'm expecting her to be famous. Not only is her playing technically superb and gracefully phrased, but she just looks utterly relaxed, happy and in the zone. Another young one to keep an eye on is Chaconne Klaverenga.
She's 13, or was at Gfa this year where she won the junior section of the youth competition. Incredible technique for such a young girl, and she definitely has good musicality as well. The general technique is so high now, and at such young ages. There were 11 year old kids playing movements of the Ginastera Sonata, not particularly getting the music but able to get their fingers around it perfectly. They'll be playing that on the competition circuit the entire time they are on it, really 'battle hardened.' Not particularly in the spirit of music in my opinion, but it's what they do.
An excellent player I've seen a couple of times recently, and had a lesson with, is Gabriel Bianco. Won GFA when he was 19, he's 29 now and playing unbelievably well. His control is ridiculous, especially in his articulation.
Another is Lukasz Kuropacewski. He's been playing alot of contemporary music by very big composers like Meyer, Lutoslawski and Penderecki. He's done arrangements of their music with their blessing, and premiered some quite amazing new music by them.