by Mike Telin
On Saturday evening, August 7 at Severance Hall, the jury of the 2021 Cleveland International Piano Competition awarded the Mixon First Prize to 24-year-old Martín García García of Spain.
On Sunday afternoon I was able to speak with the still slightly stunned García García over Zoom.
Mike Telin: Congratulations! You played beautifully.
Martín García García: Thank you so much. I still can’t believe it.
MT: When you finished, I remembered you telling me last week that playing Rachmaninoff 3 was like climbing a mountain. I thought wow, not only did he climb the mountain, he firmly planted the Spanish flag at the summit.
MGG: It was quite nice to come onstage and see all the flags at the back. And it was such a good feeling to see the flag of my own country. [Read more…]