Music: Evgeni Kissin, New Kid

At 19, Russia's Evgeni Kissin takes America by storm

He looks like your average sitcom teenager -- gangling, shy, his boyish face framed by a mop of dark curly hair. Until he sits down at the piano. Then, all of a sudden, Evgeni Kissin, who just turned 19, grows up. Big, powerful hands crash down on the keyboard with the assurance of a performer three times his age. His tone is full-blooded yet lyrical, a mature sound that most fine pianists need years to achieve. Only his interpretations betray his youth, but that is precisely what is right about them. Dashing, impetuous and seemingly spontaneous, Kissin's playing is a reminder...

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