Canadian Bruce Liu wins one of the world’s most prestigious piano competitions

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Canada’s Bruce (Xiaou) Liu was named early Thursday as the winner of the 40,000-euro ($45,000) first prize at the 18th Frédéric Chopin International Piano Competition, a prestigious event that marks the pianists’ world careers. initiates.

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A few hours after the jury’s announcement, Liu played as the final entrant among the 12 finalists, performing Chopin’s concert in E minor, Opus 11, with the orchestra at the Packed National Philharmonic in Warsaw. His inspired performance was met with huge applause.

“Baap Re. I don’t know what to say, honestly,” Liu said after Nam was the winner.

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“We are dreaming of this prestigious stage with all these people here,” the 24-year-old Paris-born said in English.

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“To be able to play Chopin in Warsaw is one of the best things, of course, I am really honored to have this award, and for the trust of this jury and the warmth I have received in recent times, I’m really honored for that,” Liu said.

Second prize and 30,000 euros ($35,000) jointly went to Alexander Gadjiev, representing Italy and Slovenia, and Kyohei Sorita of Japan. Gadjiv also won a 10,000 euro ($11,800) prize from Christian Zimmermann for best sonata performance.

The third prize of 20,000 euros ($23,000) went to Martín García García of Spain, who also won the 5,000 euros ($5,800) prize for best concert.

The fourth prize and 15,000 euros ($17,000) were shared by Japan’s Amy Kobayashi and Poland’s Jakob Kuzlik, who also won the Best Mazurka Performance award and 5,000 euros. Italy’s Leonora Armellini was awarded the fifth prize of 10,000 euros ($11,600), while the sixth prize and 7,000 euros ($8,000) went to Canada’s JJ Jun Le Bui.

The first prize was funded by the Office of the President of Poland, and other prizes were funded by the government, state cultural institutions and private individuals.

The famous competition opens up the world’s top concert halls to high-ranking pianists and paves the way for recording with the most famous record companies.

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The head of the jury, Katargina Popova-Zydron, said after the announcement that the pianists’ standard was too high and that award decisions were too difficult for the 17 jury members. She called the participants “amazing young people.”

During the competition, he had said that the participants should be excellent pianists as well as show sensitivity and bring freshness to the music.

“I try to find a rapport between the artist and Chopin,” Popova-Zydron said in an interview. Music is a “message from one person, and[musicians]should know what kind of person Chopin was.”

Bowing to their artistry, the jury allowed two more finalists this year than usual. The competition, which was held every five years, was postponed from 2020 due to the pandemic.

Past winners have included Italy’s Maurizio Polini, Argentina’s Martha Argerich, the United States’ Garrick Ohlsson, Poland’s Kristian Zimmermann and Artur Blachz, and South Korea’s Seong-jin Cho.

Poland’s most famous and beloved classical music composer and pianist, Chopin was born in 1810 in elazów Wola, near Warsaw, to a Polish mother and a French father. He left Poland at the age of 19 to expand his musical education in Vienna and then in Paris, where he settled, composed, gave concerts and taught piano. He died in Paris on October 17, 1849, and was buried in the Pere Lachaise cemetery. His heart is in the Holy Cross Church in Warsaw.

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