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Russian Pianist Wins the Van Cliburn Competition

Russian Pianist Wins the Van Cliburn Competition

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Hear Kobrin perform the Concerto No. 20 by Mozart in the final round of competition

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Van Cliburn Competition silver medalist Joyce Yang and gold medalist Alexander Kobrin. Rodger Mallison hide caption

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Van Cliburn Competition silver medalist Joyce Yang and gold medalist Alexander Kobrin.

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After 17 days of grueling competition, 25-year-old Alexander Kobrin has been named the gold medalist of the 2005 Van Cliburn Piano Competition. The Russian pianist wins a cash award of $25,000, performance engagements around the world and the opportunity to record on the Harmonia Mundi label. Nineteen-year-old Joyce Yang of South Korea, the youngest finalist, won the silver medal.

Hear Kobrin perform the Brahms Intermezzo, Op. 118, No. 2 in a solo round of competition.

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From the final round of competition, Kobrin plays Mozart's Concerto No. 20 in d minor with the Fort Worth Symphony and conductor James Conlon.

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