Andreas Blau, who delayed his retirement by a year while a successor was sought, has bid farewell to the orchestra, in which his father played
Four out of six of the finalists are home-grown: Lucas Debargue (France) George Li (US) Sergei Redkin Lukas Geniušas Daniel Kharitonov Dmitry Masleev (all Russian). Maria Mazo,
The six finalists are: Pablo Ferrández (Spain) Andrei Ioniță (Romania) Alexander Buzlov (Russia) Seung Min Kang (S Korea) Jonathan Roozeman (Netherlands) Alexander Ramm (Russia) Those eliminated include the experienced
Pavel Milyukov (Russia) Alexandra Conunova (Moldova) Bomsori Kim (S Korea) Yu-Chien Tseng (Taiwan) Clara-Jumi Kang (Germany) Haik Kazazyan (Russia) No great surprises.