Music: The Musical Life

The surprise excitement of last week's Tchaikovsky Competition (see above) was supplied by the slight, dark-haired girl who finished second—Philadelphia's Susan Starr. At 20 one of the youngest of the competitors, Pianist Starr ripped into the Tchaikovsky First Piano Concerto with such dazzling virtuosity that the audience erupted in applause at the end of the first movement, and the orchestra and conductor joined in at the close.

Daughter of a Philadelphia Orchestra violinist, Pianist Starr was pleased but not overwhelmed by her fine showing. "I didn't really want to go to Moscow," said she to the New York Times, "but the Institute...

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