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Virtuosity - The Fourteenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition

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, Brentano String Quartet
Leonard Slatkin

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 focusses 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.

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NTSC 16:9
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PCM Stereo
Total running time
90 mins
English, French, German
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