Contests: To Russia with Ease

It was nearing 1 a.m. and the jury was still out. But for the 2,000 witnesses patiently keeping the vigil in Brussels' opulent Palais des Beaux Arts last week, there was never any doubt about the verdict. In the finals of the Queen Elisabeth Piano Competition, the tumultuous reception for Russian Teen-Ager Eugene Moguilevsky, the only performer among the record 70 contestants to receive a standing ovation, was evidence enough.

The judges agreed with the audience and awarded the $3,000 first prize to the tearful Moscow Conservatory student, while Belgium's Queen Elisabeth...

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