Claudio Carbo Montaner (Spain), Yung Wook Yoo (Korea), Ani Takidze (Georgia), Nami Ejiri (Japan), Vadim Sakharov (Russia), Jong Hwa Park (Korea), Sergey Koudriakov (Russia), Natalia Taldykina (Russia), Makoto Ueno (Japan), Yakov Katsnelson (Russia), Eldar Nebolsin (Russia), Vadim Rudenko (Russia), Eleonora Karpukhova (Russia).
Surprised that Phillipov's name is not among them. What's interesting here is that there is no competitor is admitted younger than 23 years of age. This rule makes sense. I think the Van Cliburn would do well to raise the bar similarly.
Some of those to keep an ear out for: Yakov Katsnelson, Vadim Sakharov, and Spain's Claudio Carbo Montaner.
Good luck to all!
The competition resumes on Friday with webcast available.
See some fotos from the competition.