“Yundi Xu certainly turned in one of the better performances of the competition so far—both technically and musically.”

“She didn’t pick a piece that offered a show of virtuosic bravura for her last appearance. […] Instead, she played something subtle, with considerable difficulties that are not clear. But her mastery as a musician was there for all to see.”

Ms Xu, elegant in black and cream, had her stool set lengthways to the Ibach piano, and, perching on its very edge, she leaned forward intently to the keyboard, giving an impression both of working hard and yet being at ease in this space and with this material.