"He took all its difficulties in stride, brought all the appropriate colors to its realization and tamed its vehemence as commandingly as he revealed its poetry...Thies mastered the musical materials and gave them life and clarity. This was a splendid performance, Brahmsian in breadth as well as sincerity and depth."
Daniel Cariaga, LA Times
Gold Medalist - International Prokofiev Piano Competition
Thies is the only American pianist to win first prize in a Russian piano competition since Van Cliburn's 1958 triumph in Moscow.
Performance videos available on YouTube.com