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20 YOUNG PIANISTS ADVANCE TO BACHAUER QUARTERFINALS

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It was after midnight Friday when the jury announced its first verdict in this year's Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition. And the 20 who will advance to the quarterfinals Monday and Tuesday, June 20 and 21, at Abravanel Hall are:

- Maxim Mogilevsky, 26, Russia.- Alexander Vershinin, 29, Russia.

- Eugene Watanabe, 23, USA.

- Giampaolo Stuani, 29, Italy.

- Ross Smith, 26, USA.

- Alan Gampel, 30, USA.

- Sean Botkin, 24, USA.

- Hannes Rox, 21, Germany.

- Anthony Padilla, 28, USA.

- Filippo Gamba, 25, Italy.

- Gabriele Maria Vianello, 29, Italy.

- George Vatchnadze, 27, Georgia.

- Anthony Molinaro, 21, USA.

- Nicholas Angelich, 23, France.

- Genadi Zagor, 24, Israel.

- Tamari Gurevich, 25, Georgia.

- Oleg Marshev, 32, Russia.

- Thomas Grubmueller, 29, Germany.

- Dmitrij Teterin, 22, Russia.

- Pasquale Ionnone, 32, Italy.

Each will perform a concerto, with piano accompaniment, in the above order Monday and Tuesday at 1 and 7 p.m.

As had been predicted, Russian and Italian competitors dominated the non-U.S. portion of the list. More surprising was the elimination of Canada's Peter Longworth, whom many felt gave a better account of himself than he had three years ago in the last Bachauer, where he reached the semifinals.

Also surprising was the inclusion of only one woman, Gurevich, and one Juilliard student, Botkin, among the 20. Instead, three of this year's quarterfinalists, Gurevich, Mogilevsky and Vatchnadze, are out of Indiana University at South Bend, where they study with Alexander Toradze.

Mogilevsky again distinguished himself Thursday, with what was perhaps the finest "Scarbo" (Ravel) of the four days' worth of preliminary rounds. But no more so than Stuani (a mercurial Liapunov "Lesghinka"), Angelich or Marshev.

Nor did Brigham Young University graduate Smith's decision to spread the same Rachmaninoff sonata over two days seem to hurt him - the equivalent of putting all your Faberge eggs in one basket?

Events continue this week at Abravanel Hall (see story on E3), with performances to be broadcast live over KBYU-FM.