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    Within the stated age range, I'd vote for Denis Matsuev.

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    Do you know Antii Siraala's record of Beethoven Sonatas? it is very "mature" and one of the best beethoven recordings, I listened to.
    but there are other excellent young pianists:
    Frederic Chiu (for Prokoffiev and Chopin)
    Joseph Moog (for Rachmaninov)
    Ingolff Wunder (for Chopin and Ravel)
    Benjamin Grosvenor has already been mentioned
    Vanessa Wagner (her Ravel CD is amazing)
    Anna Vinnitskaya (Ravel)
    Freddy Kempf

    and then there is Martin Stadtfeld, who studied here in Frankfurt am Main (Germany) where I am living.
    His Bach-Recordings are extraordinary. But I did not like is Schubert-CD. Sorry, Martin.

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    Emerging in the last decade:
    *Paul Lewis (especially for his recent Schubert, also his Beethoven cycle)
    *Jean-Efflam Bavouzet (especially for his Debussy and Ravel; didn't care for his Bartok; haven't heard his new Beethoven)
    *Olli Mustonen (especially for his Scriabin; haven't heard his Beethoven, which got some tough reviews)
    *Yefgeny Sudbin (especially for his Scriabin)
    *Christophe Rousset (harpsichordist rather than pianist)
    *Alexander Melnikov (especially for his Shostakovich)
    *Freddy Kempf (especially for his Prokofiev)
    *Denis Matsuev (especially for his Tchaikovsky)
    *Vadim Kholodenko (the youngest of these; I enjoyed his winning performances at the Van Cliburn competition)
    *Beatrice Rana (finished 2nd at the Van Cliburn last summer; another fine new talent)

    Mid-career, very active, even prolific:
    *Marc-Andre Hamelin (for pioneering all manner of lesser-known composers: Alkan, Busoni, Godowsky, Medtner, Rzewski, Szymanowksi; also extraordinary range of performances from Haydn to Albeniz, Bernstein, and Shostakovich)
    *Leif Ove Andsnes (especially for his Grieg and Schumann)
    *Andras Schiff (his Bach Well-Tempered box; his recent Diabelli Variations; his Janacek)
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    I tend to listen to older recordings but one Pianist who immediately stands out for me is Yuja Wang. I haven't heard anything from her which hasn't seized my attention. Her recent recording of Prokofiev and Rachmaninov particularly impressed me (as did Dudamel).

    There only other two which come to mind, though I am nowhere near as familiar with their works at present are Paul Lewis and Benjamin Grosvenor.
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    Prokofiev's 2nd piano concerto has become my test for young pianists. A test that not many dare take.

    Yuja Wang and Vinnitskaja did it briliantly - on par with the benchmark performance of the great Ashkenazy in my opinion.
    Yeol Eum Son quite good.
    Kissin not so much.
    Lang Lang I did not like.
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    Yuja Wang... I really like her version of Proko 2

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    I like Yujia Wang, especially her Beethoven and Rachmaninov. Another pianist, Xiaomei Zhu was born in 1949. But she was not known till the 2000s. If this could be counted as "new generation", I would highly recommend her Goldberg Variations.

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    Yuja Wang is extremely talented. She has the ability to make you listen.

    Benjamin Grosvenor is another highly musical young pianist.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vlelf View Post
    I like Yujia Wang, especially her Beethoven and Rachmaninov. Another pianist, Xiaomei Zhu was born in 1949. But she was not known till the 2000s. If this could be counted as "new generation", I would highly recommend her Goldberg Variations.
    Born 1949? That's just two years after me and I'm a pensioner! Not exactly new generation!

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    Quote Originally Posted by PetrB View Post

    You might be a very fine young player, with all the technique and something to say, but when it comes to concertizing, you are up against Claudio Arrau, Wilhelm Kempff, etc when playing that Beethoven Sonata or Mozart Concerto.

    etc.
    I've just heard a young man of 15 play the Beethoven sonata 32 in a competition. Now to me this is absolutely ridiculous. I don't know who advised him that it seemed a terrible choice at that age as it is the sort of music that should be lived with for many years. We have all the wisdom of Arrau, Kempff, Serkin, Brendel, et al.
    It seems to me an incredible lack of wisdom on someone's part that youngsters want to play this music in public at such a young age.
    I believe that there are some tremendous young pianists around today. But they do need to mature into the music they are playing. Yet we have young pianists recording Beethoven sonata cycles in their early 20s. Surely some patience is needed!

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    Quote Originally Posted by DavidA View Post
    I believe that there are some tremendous young pianists around today. But they do need to mature into the music they are playing. Yet we have young pianists recording Beethoven sonata cycles in their early 20s. Surely some patience is needed!
    Of course, they can always do like Alfred Brendel--a pianist I greatly admire--and crank out new cycles every 10 years or so as they gain in maturity and insight (and change record labels).

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    Forgot to mention Yundi and Conrad Tao

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blancrocher View Post
    Of course, they can always do like Alfred Brendel--a pianist I greatly admire--and crank out new cycles every 10 years or so as they gain in maturity and insight (and change record labels).
    Brendel was 33 when he made his first cycle for Vox so at least he had had time to assimilate the music.

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    Boris Giltburg .He also has a blog where he analyzed Ravel's piano concerto pretty thoroughly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by helpmeplslol View Post
    Boris Giltburg .He also has a blog where he analyzed Ravel's piano concerto pretty thoroughly.
    Very interesting blog--thanks for the mention of it!

    http://borisgiltburg.wordpress.com/

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