Twelve pianists have advanced to the semifinal round of the Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition in Salt Lake City. They will play hourlong recitals today and Saturday, after which an international panel of nine jurors will choose three finalists. Each of these competitors will perform a complete concerto with the Utah Symphony and guest conductor Thomas Hong Wednesday night in Abravanel Hall.
Contestants make their concerto selections in advance of the competition. Ten of this year's semifinalists have chosen concertos by Russian composers, so there's a high likelihood of an all-Russian finale — and a smaller, but real, possibility that all three finalists will play the same concerto, Tchaikovsky's First.