This news just in about the upcoming Van Cliburn International Piano Competition: Two new pianists have joined the field to replace two others who have dropped out. Nikita Abrosimov of Russia and Yekwon Sunwoo of South Korea will now be competing here this summer, while South Korea’s Suh Hyung-min and USA’s YouYou Zhang have withdrawn (no word yet on reasons for their departure). Too bad about Zhang; I liked her when I heard her at the screening recitals earlier this year. The contest starts on May 24.