Spaniard wins Rubinstein Competitionmain
A young Spaniard, Juan Perez Floristan, won the Rubinstein Piano Competition last night after final concerts in Tel Aviv with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra.
Second was Shiori Kuwahara from Japan. In third place was Cunmo Yin from China.
Floristan’s girst prize is worth $40,000. He also took away the audience prize and further awards for best Beethoven concerto, best Israeli piece and best chamber music.
He looks like a runaway winner.
The competition needs a personality, having not see a storming winner since Daniil Trifonov edged out Boris Giltburg in 2011. On-the-spot observers tell us that Floristan is a crowd pleaser with star quality.