Eberhard, amateur pianist and founder of the Berlin Amateur Competition, shares our passion of giving amateurs opportunities to express their love of making music. He and Richard want to organize a federation of international amateur competitions to enhance networking and coordination of events.

The world of music is like any other ~ small and connected. Here we saw Maria Mazo, 2005 Cliburn Competitor, who is studying at the Hochschule in Hannover and had a master class with Veda Kaplinsky. She shares a bite with Marcello when she came to say hello at a reception for the Jury and celebration for Richard’s birthday.

And we all sang ~ HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

Steinway is a wonderful sponsor and partner! Steinway provides pianos for the recitals in all the venues. Gerrit travelled from Hamburg, international headquarters for Steinway, to greet the Cliburn delegation and to hear the performances.

Friday evening, the hall was filled ~ not an empty seat! Throughout the day, audiences were coming to support their various favorites. One doesn’t have to know the spoken language to understand the appreciation of an artist and a performance. There definitely was a buzz ~ bravos and numerous curtain calls for several of the competitors. Truly, this was a day and night of exquisite performances.

Saturday is the last day in Hannover. We leave early Sunday morning for St. Petersburg; therefore it may be a few days before I get back to the blog. Everyone is well ~ thank goodness! Alann

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