In the morning at the Small Hall of Philharmonia cellists had their last rehearsals before the evening auditions and the announcement of the Second Round results. At 17:00 (MSK) the second part of the Secound Round has started. They all played Cello Concerts by Joseph Haydn with Chamber Orchestra. The house was full, there was a great ovation after every performance. Some contestants even got flowers from spectators.
During the break, our speakers Valli and Alexey interviewed Mischa Maisky. It was an interesting talk about how it is to be a judge, how difficult it is to make a decision and even about style - Vally expressed her excitement about Mischa's look!
Meanwhile at the Mussorgsky Hall of Mariinsky II the second part of the Voice First Round was completing. Here during the break The Gazette had a famous Israeli violinist, violist and conductor Pinchas Zukerman as a guest. You can watch it here.
At 23:00 (MSK) at the Small Hall and the Mussorsgky Hall was full - everyone was waiting for results. We all were so excited. It was a really vulnerable moment. Especially at the Mariinsky II because voice jury members didn't appear for a long time.
So, at first cello results were announced by Mischa Maisky. And later John Fisher announced voice results. Candidates who entered the Third Round (cellists) and the Second Round (soloists) were so happy. I've had a little talk to one of the voice contestants Gelena Gaskarova about how she felt when the jury announced her name, discover her reaction!