The finalists have been announced at the Leeds International Piano Competition. See them in action this weekend! They are a commendably international bunch and there's a famililar face or two among them. But no Brits. And no girls.
Here they are: Federico Colli from Italy (age 24); Jayson Gillham from Australia (age 26); Andrejs Osokins from Latvia (age 27); Louis Schwizgebel from Switzerland (age 24); Jiayan Sun from China (age 22) and Andrew Tyson from the USA (age 25). In the centre, of course, Dame Fanny Waterman, founder of the competition and, as ever, chairman of its jury.
More information about the competition here.
You can listen online to performances by the semi-finalists.
I'm a bit narked to discover that despite all the buss and fother over the BBC's big Piano Season, with Lang Lang, Lang Lang and Lang Lang, the TV coverage of the Leeds will begin on 21 September and run on Friday evenings for six weeks. The finals are this weekend, however, and by the time the TV gets on the case, it'll be a bit late. There is no live TV coverage of the final. Once upon a time, this was mandatory. JD is not impressed.
No Brits, no girls, no live TV. So much for the musical Olympics.
Update: forgot all about it, but my novel Alicia's Gift features a pretty major episode at the Leeds Competition, just sayin'... Paperback available here, e-book just out and downloadable here.