"Especially in these last few days, it’s like, you know, a runner sprinting to finish the last lap of a marathon," Tuan said.
The sports analogy is an apt one. One of the judges has said these kids are all capable of making a living from their musical talent, something quite rare these days.
The competition hopes to excite the ambitions of contestants at a key moment in their young lives, and turn them towards doing this professionally for the rest of us. Tuan says she hasn’t made her mind up yet about a career as a pianist, but she’ll do something involving music.
"It definitely has to be related to music because I really can’t imagine myself doing anything else."
- May 31–June 1, 2019 – Preliminary Round
- June 2–3, 2019 – Quarterfinal Round
- June 5–6, 2019 – Semifinal Round
- June 8, 2019 – Final Round and Awards Ceremony
The entire competition will be webcast live at cliburn.org.