On Saturday we attended a performance of the Seattle Symphony, with a very striking soloist: a beautiful young pianist named Khatia Buniatishvili, who played Rachmaninov's Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op. 43. She received a well-deserved standing ovation; not one of those ovations where a few people stand and then others grudgingly join them, but rather, the entire audience rose in unison as soon as the last note faded away.
I have been fortunate to have heard some great young musicians during their ascendency-- Nigel Kennedy and Nadia Solerno-Sonnenburg come to mind-- and Khatia Buniatishvili is cut from the same cloth. Her fingers move unbelievably quickly, and her passion and control are both obvious. She is a child prodigy from Georgia (not the one with Peachtree Avenue; the one in the former Soviet Union) with great credentials, awards and credits.
I believe she is currently touring North America. If she's doing a recital in your area, she is absolutely worth seeing.
And hearing, too.