McGegan leads Mozart at the Van Cliburn Competition

On June 5, 2017 |

“One of the happiest developments over the 20 years I’ve covered the Cliburn has been the FWSO’s vast improvement under Miguel Harth-Bedoya, music director for the last 16 years. But, given the orchestra’s relatively little experience in 18th-century style, it was a great idea to book a specialist, Nicholas McGegan, to conduct this round.

Sure enough, he cultivated stylishly buoyant and smartly nuanced playing, but without shortchanging drama from the same composer as Don Giovanni. One hoped the young pianists were picking up stylistic ideas.”

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Photo: Pianist Dasol Kim took a bow with conductor Nicholas McGegan after performing with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra in the Semifinal Round of the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition on Saturday. (Ralph Lauer/Van Cliburn)