I'm in the finals in a piano competition - live broadcast

Posted by: fnork

I'm in the finals in a piano competition - live broadcast - 03/02/14 12:16 PM

Some of you know already, and for anyone that is interested: I've been taking part in a piano competition and have reached the finals! Which means - I'm playing Prokofiev 5th concerto with orchestra this thursday! The finals are wednesday-thursday, and are broadcasted on radio. As far as I know, there'll be a videostream online too:

http://www.jyvaskylanmusiikkikilpailut.fi/Pianokilpailu/

http://www.e-concerthouse.com/en/events/...vaeinen-finaali


Now, back to the practicing room....
Posted by: Hrodulf

Re: I'm in the finals in a piano competition - live broadcast - 03/02/14 12:22 PM

Thanks.
Posted by: beet31425

Re: I'm in the finals in a piano competition - live broadcast - 03/02/14 12:25 PM

Congrats!

I love the Prokofiev 5th concerto. What an underplayed masterpiece.

I'm really glad to see you doing well. You're a positive force for all kinds of great music, well-known and not.



-Jason
Posted by: Nikolas

Re: I'm in the finals in a piano competition - live broadcast - 03/02/14 12:32 PM

Congratulations fnork! I hope to be watching you and cheering for you online on Thursday!
Posted by: Dwscamel

Re: I'm in the finals in a piano competition - live broadcast - 03/02/14 12:32 PM

I'll tune in!
Posted by: Derulux

Re: I'm in the finals in a piano competition - live broadcast - 03/02/14 12:57 PM

Very cool, congratulations! smile
Posted by: pianoloverus

Re: I'm in the finals in a piano competition - live broadcast - 03/02/14 12:57 PM

BRAVO! BRAVO!
Posted by: Mark_C

Re: I'm in the finals in a piano competition - live broadcast - 03/02/14 02:18 PM

Many congratulations, Martin!! thumb
Posted by: DameMyra

Re: I'm in the finals in a piano competition - live broadcast - 03/02/14 02:29 PM

Congratulations! Best wishes for success in the finals.
Posted by: Pathbreaker

Re: I'm in the finals in a piano competition - live broadcast - 03/02/14 03:31 PM

That's great news, congratulations!
Posted by: hreichgott

Re: I'm in the finals in a piano competition - live broadcast - 03/02/14 03:55 PM

Great news Martin!
Posted by: TwoSnowflakes

Re: I'm in the finals in a piano competition - live broadcast - 03/02/14 04:24 PM

Spectacular! May the Prokofievian force be with you! smile

I'll be listening!
Posted by: MikeN

Re: I'm in the finals in a piano competition - live broadcast - 03/02/14 06:13 PM

Wonderful. I don't know the fifth and I've always wanted to. If I'm up at 1:00 am, I'll be sure to tune in.
Posted by: TwoSnowflakes

Re: I'm in the finals in a piano competition - live broadcast - 03/02/14 06:47 PM

Originally Posted By: MikeN
Wonderful. I don't know the fifth and I've always wanted to. If I'm up at 1:00 am, I'll be sure to tune in.


Wait, isn't it scheduled for 7pm GMT+2?

If you're in Ohio, you're GMT-5, so that's 12pm, yes?
Posted by: MikeN

Re: I'm in the finals in a piano competition - live broadcast - 03/02/14 08:44 PM

Ah, your quite right. I'm bad with time zones. That's great. Now I know I can hear it. yippie
Posted by: Nikolas

Re: I'm in the finals in a piano competition - live broadcast - 03/02/14 11:11 PM

The blessings of living in the same time zone as someone else! grin teeheehee!
Posted by: Hideki Matsui

Re: I'm in the finals in a piano competition - live broadcast - 03/02/14 11:18 PM

Congratulations and best of luck!
Posted by: ChopinLives81

Re: I'm in the finals in a piano competition - live broadcast - 03/02/14 11:34 PM

Congratulations, You'll do great!
Posted by: D. S. F.

Re: I'm in the finals in a piano competition - live broadcast - 03/03/14 01:04 AM

Congratulations! Prokofiev 5th is, believe it or not, my favorite of his concertos, and though I'm always happy to see anyone playing it, I think it suits you particularly well. Best of luck to you, and hopefully, if not live, I'll get to hear the performance!
Posted by: fnork

Re: I'm in the finals in a piano competition - live broadcast - 03/03/14 04:19 AM

Thanks for the kind words everyone! Tons of work remains until thursday - luckily, some time remains. Like D.S.F., I find the Prok 5th a particularly appealing and underperformed piece - let's hope it gets a little revival (in Finland, at least..) after this!
Posted by: FarmGirl

Re: I'm in the finals in a piano competition - live broadcast - 03/03/14 08:11 AM

Congratulations! Looking forward to hearing the performance.
Posted by: joe80

Re: I'm in the finals in a piano competition - live broadcast - 03/03/14 09:13 AM

GOOD LUCK!!!!!!! You'll be great, ENJOY!
Posted by: joe80

Re: I'm in the finals in a piano competition - live broadcast - 03/03/14 09:15 AM

I'm listening to your Gaspard..... It's beautiful. Thank you for sharing, and may your talents lead you to lots of concerts, and may you be paid a wage commensurate with your talents! :-)
Posted by: fnork

Re: I'm in the finals in a piano competition - live broadcast - 03/05/14 12:59 PM

The finals have started! Time to bump this thread. The video stream might not be working, or...? I heard there were some troubles. Here's the link to the radio broadcast, but I have no idea whether its possible to listen outisde of finland or not...


http://areena.yle.fi/radio
Posted by: fnork

Re: I'm in the finals in a piano competition - live broadcast - 03/05/14 01:02 PM

Just a friendly reminder - before any discussions start - that this is the internet, and its very much possible that any comments made on the pianists performing will be found by them afterwards. This is not an unknown forum after all. Also, be aware that we were all given ONE rehearsal, lasting less than an hour (plus a run-through on the concert day, of course). Acceptable circumstances perhaps for the three pianists playing Liszt first - slightly trickier with a piece like Prok 5th, but the orchestra is overall doing a good job, and seem to enjoy playing the piece!
Posted by: wouter79

Re: I'm in the finals in a piano competition - live broadcast - 03/05/14 01:36 PM

Wow, what a great opportunity for you, congratulations!

>be aware that we were all given ONE rehearsal, lasting less than an hour

Wow. I spend hundreds of hours on getting all things right, I can even spend a full hour with my teacher on the interpretation of a simple piece . And now you have to do this in less than an hour with a complete orchestra. How exactly does that work?
Posted by: Ferdinand

Re: I'm in the finals in a piano competition - live broadcast - 03/06/14 01:32 AM

Has anyone had success listening? I could not figure out the radio website.
Posted by: fnork

Re: I'm in the finals in a piano competition - live broadcast - 03/06/14 10:09 AM

Do tune in tonight anyone who is interested, the last day of finals in the Ilmari Hannikainen competition offers a very interesting program: Englund 1st concerto, Prokofiev 5th, and Liszt 1st. Video streaming! Concert starts in 2 hours. The radio link probably only works in Finland, try the video streaming link I posted in my initial message

( http://www.e-concerthouse.com/fi/kalente...vaeinen-finaali )
Posted by: opus119

Re: I'm in the finals in a piano competition - live broadcast - 03/06/14 02:43 PM

Congratulations, Martin! BRAVO! Your performance was incredible and you looked like you were really enjoying every minute of it!
Posted by: TwoSnowflakes

Re: I'm in the finals in a piano competition - live broadcast - 03/06/14 02:44 PM

As of three minutes ago, here are the results!

Fourth place: Miikka Taipale
Third place: Anni Collan
Second place: Jan-Paul Roozeman
First place: Martin Malmgren (fnork)

WONDERFUL RESULT! WELL DONE!
Posted by: Nikolas

Re: I'm in the finals in a piano competition - live broadcast - 03/06/14 02:45 PM

Woot!!!! CONGRATULATIONS MARTIN! WELL DONE!
Posted by: Vid

Re: I'm in the finals in a piano competition - live broadcast - 03/06/14 04:18 PM

thumb
Posted by: DameMyra

Re: I'm in the finals in a piano competition - live broadcast - 03/06/14 05:12 PM

Sorry I wasn't able to catch the competition. Congratulations on your win.
Posted by: pianoloverus

Re: I'm in the finals in a piano competition - live broadcast - 03/06/14 05:51 PM

SENSATIONAL! Congratulations.
Posted by: Mark_C

Re: I'm in the finals in a piano competition - live broadcast - 03/06/14 08:12 PM

Originally Posted By: TwoSnowflakes
Fourth place: Miikka Taipale
Third place: Anni Collan
Second place: Jan-Paul Roozeman
First place: Martin Malmgren (fnork)

WONDERFUL RESULT! WELL DONE!

We have a winner!

Emphasis on we. grin
just kidding

Big congrats, Martin!!!
Posted by: TwoSnowflakes

Re: I'm in the finals in a piano competition - live broadcast - 03/06/14 08:47 PM

Originally Posted By: Mark_C
Originally Posted By: TwoSnowflakes
Fourth place: Miikka Taipale
Third place: Anni Collan
Second place: Jan-Paul Roozeman
First place: Martin Malmgren (fnork)

WONDERFUL RESULT! WELL DONE!

We have a winner!

Emphasis on we. grin
just kidding

Big congrats, Martin!!!


I know, right?

I feel unreasonably proud of his accomplishment. Like I had anything to do with it. But, somehow, I feel a small amount of ownership, like we're family. Does anybody remember that Simpson's episode where Barney and Homer are competing to be chosen as the next NASA astronaut? At the end of the competition, the director says, "In a way, you're both winners. In another more accurate way, only one of you won." LOL!

The best part was watching him win. The only thing more striking than all that spectacular hair was his enormous smile. Just fanTAStic.
Posted by: Damon

Re: I'm in the finals in a piano competition - live broadcast - 03/06/14 11:00 PM

Congratulations!!
Posted by: hreichgott

Re: I'm in the finals in a piano competition - live broadcast - 03/06/14 11:12 PM

So happy to see this! Congratulations smile
Posted by: Mark_C

Re: I'm in the finals in a piano competition - live broadcast - 03/06/14 11:47 PM

Originally Posted By: TwoSnowflakes
Originally Posted By: Mark_C
We have a winner!

Emphasis on we. grin
just kidding

Big congrats, Martin!!!

I know, right?

I feel unreasonably proud of his accomplishment. Like I had anything to do with it. But, somehow, I feel a small amount of ownership, like we're family....

Yes!!
Exactly what I meant too. smile
Posted by: BruceD

Re: I'm in the finals in a piano competition - live broadcast - 03/07/14 12:01 AM

We all share in the accomplishments of our members. When one of "us" has a major achievement, we can't help but feel a part of it.

Congratulations!

Regards,
Posted by: Nikolas

Re: I'm in the finals in a piano competition - live broadcast - 03/07/14 12:33 AM

Of course! and I feel the same way when I share something big here... smile It's only natural. I mean we've spent SO much time together on line (and soon in Lisbon, for those getting there (perhaps me as well)...
Posted by: Molto lombardo

Re: I'm in the finals in a piano competition - live broadcast - 03/07/14 02:33 AM

Congratulations for winning a major competition in Finland!
Posted by: wouter79

Re: I'm in the finals in a piano competition - live broadcast - 03/07/14 03:01 AM

Congratulations!

I missed the broadcast. Can we still see it somewhere?
Posted by: Verbum mirabilis

Re: I'm in the finals in a piano competition - live broadcast - 03/07/14 06:00 AM

Originally Posted By: wouter79
Congratulations!

I missed the broadcast. Can we still see it somewhere?


Exactly what I was going to say.

Having heard some of the competitors play, I know that the level of the competition must have been high.
Posted by: wr

Re: I'm in the finals in a piano competition - live broadcast - 03/07/14 07:20 AM

Congratulations!

Your intuition that it might be a rare chance to do the Prokofiev turned out to be not only right but very successful!
Posted by: Jaap

Re: I'm in the finals in a piano competition - live broadcast - 03/07/14 09:55 AM

Congratulations!
Prok 5 is nice indeed, (although I really like that Englund is played as well)
Posted by: Orange Soda King

Re: I'm in the finals in a piano competition - live broadcast - 03/07/14 10:48 AM

Congratulations!!
Posted by: Cinnamonbear

Re: I'm in the finals in a piano competition - live broadcast - 03/07/14 11:04 AM

Way to go, Martin!
Posted by: fnork

Re: I'm in the finals in a piano competition - live broadcast - 03/07/14 12:21 PM

Thank you everyone!!! Was so much fun playing this piece, though I was very nervous throughout the first two movements. The radio broadcast is now in the archives for a month or so, and its possible to hear it from outside of Finland too.

Day 1

http://areena.yle.fi/radio/2129364

(Beethoven 3 plus two Liszt 1)

Day 2

http://areena.yle.fi/radio/2130653

(Englund 1, Prok 5, Liszt 1)
Posted by: fnork

Re: I'm in the finals in a piano competition - live broadcast - 03/07/14 12:21 PM

the video will be up later,too
Posted by: Arghhh

Re: I'm in the finals in a piano competition - live broadcast - 03/07/14 12:28 PM

I clicked on the "sarja" to get the music to, but there are 3 hours - what times are you at?
Posted by: wouter79

Re: I'm in the finals in a piano competition - live broadcast - 03/07/14 03:55 PM

The first link works fine here !
Posted by: Hakki

Re: I'm in the finals in a piano competition - live broadcast - 03/08/14 05:27 AM

Congratulations on your winning the first prize at the competition !!!

And thanks for the links.
Posted by: fnork

Re: I'm in the finals in a piano competition - live broadcast - 03/14/14 09:28 AM

A little update:

Videos are now up in the archive! Here's day 2, where I played:

http://www.e-concerthouse.com/en/videos/ech-archive/532-ilmari-hannikaisen-pianokilpailu-2-paeivae

and day 1:

http://www.e-concerthouse.com/en/videos/ech-archive/533-ilmari-hannikaisen-pianokilpailu-1-paeivae
Posted by: fnork

Re: I'm in the finals in a piano competition - live broadcast - 03/24/14 08:32 AM

Last week, I did a phone interview for a classical radio station, which is supposed to be broadcasted in less than two hours from now, after 4:15PM finnish time, here:

http://www.radioclassic.fi/


Should be up in the archives later too. Was a bit nervous, no idea how it turned out in the end!
Posted by: fnork

Re: I'm in the finals in a piano competition - live broadcast - 03/24/14 08:44 AM

Originally Posted By: wouter79
>be aware that we were all given ONE rehearsal, lasting less than an hour

Wow. I spend hundreds of hours on getting all things right, I can even spend a full hour with my teacher on the interpretation of a simple piece . And now you have to do this in less than an hour with a complete orchestra. How exactly does that work?

Forgot to answer - basically this scenario is surprisingly normal in piano competitions. Just imagine - six highly different (well, hopefully!) pianists are supposed to play six concerti within two days. Even having selected an 'often performed' concerto can prove difficult if another finalist has chosen it and plays it completely differently - will it confuse the orchestra or not? With a completely unknown piece like Prokofiev 5th, it's a real gamble - what if the conductor hasn't studied the concerto properly, what if the players haven't prepared it? (mind you, they were told who the finalists were - and thus which concerti would be performed - the evening before the rehearsals started) It's enough to put any orchestra, conductor and soloist under some amount of stress, and the fact that things never click everywhere under all of that stress is the reason for why a lot of concerti finals in competitions tend to be somewhat mediocre, in my very personal opinion. Typically, I'd much rather hear a pianists solo recital in the first or second round. However, this turned out to be a very successful gamble for me in all ways - though many in the orchestra was hoping the Prokofiev wouldn't be in the finals, they quickly became enthusiastic about the piece, and the conductor, who is also a pianist (and composer) was super easy to work with, very flexible and incredibly alert the whole time, especially when I was lost. Check the ending of the second movement! I forgot that the sort of Q&A between piano and woodwinds (towards the very last bars) was initiated by the piano, I thought it was the other way around...a somewhat odd silence for anyone that knows the piece, and he stopped conducting, until I realized what was going on and came in, too late. EVERYONE in the orchestra followed. That surely doesn't happen in every competition...
Posted by: fnork

Re: I'm in the finals in a piano competition - live broadcast - 03/24/14 12:01 PM

Here's a link to the interview that got broadcasted today:

https://soundcloud.com/radioclassicfi/pianist-martin-malmgren-in
Posted by: wr

Re: I'm in the finals in a piano competition - live broadcast - 04/03/14 07:34 AM

Originally Posted By: fnork
Originally Posted By: wouter79
>be aware that we were all given ONE rehearsal, lasting less than an hour

Wow. I spend hundreds of hours on getting all things right, I can even spend a full hour with my teacher on the interpretation of a simple piece . And now you have to do this in less than an hour with a complete orchestra. How exactly does that work?

Forgot to answer - basically this scenario is surprisingly normal in piano competitions. Just imagine - six highly different (well, hopefully!) pianists are supposed to play six concerti within two days. Even having selected an 'often performed' concerto can prove difficult if another finalist has chosen it and plays it completely differently - will it confuse the orchestra or not? With a completely unknown piece like Prokofiev 5th, it's a real gamble - what if the conductor hasn't studied the concerto properly, what if the players haven't prepared it? (mind you, they were told who the finalists were - and thus which concerti would be performed - the evening before the rehearsals started) It's enough to put any orchestra, conductor and soloist under some amount of stress, and the fact that things never click everywhere under all of that stress is the reason for why a lot of concerti finals in competitions tend to be somewhat mediocre, in my very personal opinion. Typically, I'd much rather hear a pianists solo recital in the first or second round. However, this turned out to be a very successful gamble for me in all ways - though many in the orchestra was hoping the Prokofiev wouldn't be in the finals, they quickly became enthusiastic about the piece, and the conductor, who is also a pianist (and composer) was super easy to work with, very flexible and incredibly alert the whole time, especially when I was lost. Check the ending of the second movement! I forgot that the sort of Q&A between piano and woodwinds (towards the very last bars) was initiated by the piano, I thought it was the other way around...a somewhat odd silence for anyone that knows the piece, and he stopped conducting, until I realized what was going on and came in, too late. EVERYONE in the orchestra followed. That surely doesn't happen in every competition...


Your other thread about your website (which is very nice) reminded me that I wanted to catch this performance of the Prokofiev and had let it slide.

Considering the circumstances, it is amazing, to put it mildly! Actually, simply playing the thing amazes me, it's so challenging. Overall, I quite enjoyed it, even that moment when you got lost and everyone still held it together.
Posted by: fnork

Re: I'm in the finals in a piano competition - live broadcast - 04/04/14 08:24 AM

thanks for the kind words, wr! Ah, you must refer to this spot towards the end of the first movement...? That particular passage four-bar passage comes like 4-5 times throughout the movement, and its not just in a different key each time but it is also slightly altered almost every time - I knew I was going to mix things up sooner or later wink Luckily I was back on track quite fast!
Posted by: wr

Re: I'm in the finals in a piano competition - live broadcast - 04/05/14 07:00 AM

Originally Posted By: fnork
thanks for the kind words, wr! Ah, you must refer to this spot towards the end of the first movement...? That particular passage four-bar passage comes like 4-5 times throughout the movement, and its not just in a different key each time but it is also slightly altered almost every time - I knew I was going to mix things up sooner or later wink Luckily I was back on track quite fast!


I was thinking of the spot at the end of the second movement that you mentioned a couple of posts up. The call-and-answer thing with the winds that the piano starts, but you said you got it turned around and thought for a moment that the winds were supposed to play first.

Like you said, a listener needs to know the piece pretty well in order to even hear that little glitch, it was handled so well by everyone. I also noticed it because the conductor quickly turned towards you in a way that sort of said "What are you doing?"
Posted by: fnork

Re: I'm in the finals in a piano competition - live broadcast - 04/07/14 06:34 AM

Ah yes, I forgot about that - funny moment, but thank god everyone was on alert and kept going...plus, the conductor surprisingly made a little ritardando just before that, so I'm sure it wasn't overly noticeable.