One of the best parts of this job is the opportunity to watch amazing musicians from close range, and it's been my privilege to be in the vicinity of some incredible players, from Doc Watson to Josuha Bell. I'm here to tell you that Andrew Tyson, a rising young classical pianist from Durham, is as good as any piano player I've ever seen. Tyson just turned 26 last month, and he's still making his way into the classical world, but I expect you'll be hearing plenty more about him before too long. For more, see the profile in Sunday's paper.
Andrew Tyson is on the rise
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David Menconi has been the News & Observer's music critic since 1991. Before that, he spent five years at the Daily Camera in Boulder, Colo. He has a masters in journalism from the University of Texas and a B.A. in English from Southwestern University. You can find more of his writing here.