Yuanfan took Rome by storm recently not only with his very fine performance of Beethoven Third Piano Concerto but also by improvising on a theme given to him by the distinguished jury.
He is at 20 not only a remarkable pianist but a composer too as we were able to hear tonight.
A glittering performance of the Haydn Sonata in E minor played with such subtle colours and ornaments that seemed to glisten under his hands.
The multi coloured charm of the final Vivace was irresistable.
The slow movement sang beautifully shaped but always perfectly in style.
“Scarborough Fair “alla Yang (as was his Waves from Three Aquarelles) was a kaleidoscope of magical sounds.
Sometimes thunderous but mostly etherial from which a slight hint of our old favourite would emerge and almost be discernable to all of us that were drawn into his magic sound world of fantasy.
Schubert/Liszt Litanei of such ravishing beauty was a remarkable way of leading us into a truly monumental performance of the Brahms Handel Variations op 24.
It was quite simply one of the most convincing performances I have ever heard.
Not the great Brahms sound but the subtle sound world of his later pieces op 116/117
The great Brahms of course was present and even the more impressive because like all great pianists was held back until the absolute right moment.
With the triumphant appearance of Handels little melody it was allowed to blaze out in all its glory with quite extraodinary full orchestral sound.