I will leave the ranking of these fine players to the judges, but I did want to single out the one player out of the nine I saw that seemed to be on different, higher level this particular day: Tengyue Zhang by farplayed the best version of the Berkeley piece, and the rest of his program was as impressive, including Sérgio Assad’s lyrical “Valseana” (from Aquarelle) and a dramatic and powerful version of Brouwer’s challenging “Danza de las diosas negra” (from Rito de los Orishas). Zhang, who won the GFA’s Senior Division Youth Competition in 2010 as a 17-year-old was the most confident and controlled player I saw, and has to be considered a favorite in the competition. But we shall see.
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