"The film tells the story of a few of the people who are immersing themselves deeply into the heart of music." (Andy Sommer)
This documentary follows the 17 days of the 12th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, from the moment where John Giordano (the chairman of the jury) names the 12 semifinalists of the competition to the Grail: the award ceremony.
Filmmaker Andy Sommer leads his camera everywhere on stage, backstage, and in the Texan families hosting the pianists during the contest. This film witnesses the fears, the apprehensions, the cries, but also the passion and the joyful moments of candidates who would become, more than surely, great artists of international fame.
The 13th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, 2009
Being It or Playing It – featuring silver medalist Joyce Yang and the Takács Quartet
Plato or Aristotle – featuring gold medalist Alexander Kobrin and the Takács Quartet
Apollo or Dionysus – featuring finalist Davide Cabassi and the Takács Quartet