Mordasov's fingers are tapping out a new tune these days, one that celebrates
the beauty and joy in performance.
always been this way for the gifted pianist. He used to take his playing
very, very seriously.
Not to misunderstand,
Mordasov is still very intense and committed to his music, he just looks
at his Cliburn performance with a new eye.
relate to it as a competition anymore," he said. "Partly because
competitions don't mean much for a real musician. I will just go on stage
and perform as if it were a concert."
It's a lesson
teacher Tamas Ungar has worked to instill. Speed, length and force are
the hallmarks of a competitor. Communicating music is the goal of a performer.
all, Mordasov wants to perform. It's a desire that began when he was set
apart as a gifted child. His talents were rewarded with concert performances
beginning at age 7.
the world performing, being duly trained in the Russian-style of exactness
of technique. By 1997, when he competed in the last Cliburn, Mordasov
had already performed at the Lincoln Center and the famed Carnegie Hall,
as well as prestigious venues around the world.
he had earned plenty of accolades from competitions -- including winning
the Rachmaninoff Competition and placing third in the International Tchaikovsky
Piano Competition -- Mordasov had been under the tutelage of Tamas Ungar
for less than a year when he stepped on the Cliburn stage.
later, Mordasov is ready.
makes you feel good when you perform a successful concert," he said.
"You put all your ideas and emotions into the sounds and you can
feel the audience responding to you.
is what the performer is looking for -- what I am looking for. That connection
between myself and the audience."