Music: Musical Ambassador

"I love Chopin the better for his delicacy and beauty, and I've found your technique re-created these spirits of him amazingly ... I can't but write this comfortable excitement caused by your impressive recital." Thus a Japanese music fan paid his tribute to one of the most widely traveled of U.S. performers: 30-year-old Pianist Eugene Istomin (rhymes with hissed omen). In one way or another, critics at home and abroad have been saying much the same thing about Pianist Istomin for the last decade. Already approaching full maturity at a time when many a young pianist is still feeling out technique,...

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