Canadian pianist wins one of the world’s most prestigious piano competitions – .

Canadian pianist wins one of the world’s most prestigious piano competitions – .

A Canadian has won one of the world’s most prestigious piano competitions.
The jury of the 18th Frédéric Chopin International Piano Competition chose Bruce (Xiaoyu) Liu from Canada as the winner of the first prize of 40,000 euros (CAN $ 57,000) of the 18th Frédéric Chopin International Piano Competition which often launches the global careers of pianists .

The announcement came just hours after Liu performed as the last participant among the 12 finalists, performing Chopin’s E minor concerto, Op. 11 with the orchestra at the crowded National Philharmonic in Warsaw. His performance was met with much applause.

Liu is from Montreal. A graduate with great distinction from the Conservatoire de Montréal, where he studied with Richard Raymond, he then studied at the University of Montreal, in collaboration with Dang Thai Son.

” Oh my God. I don’t know what to say, honestly, ”Liu said shortly after learning he had won.

“We dreamed with all these people here for this prestigious stage,” said the 24-year-old English player.

“Being able to play Chopin in Warsaw is one of the best things you can imagine, of course, so I’m really honored for this award, of course, and for the trust of this jury and for all the warmth that I have received. the last days. “Liu said.

High competition this year

The second prize and 30,000 euros (CAN $ 43,000) went to Alexander Gadjiev, representing Italy and Slovenia and Kyohei Sorita from Japan, while the third prize of 20,000 euros (CAN $ 28,000) was awarded to Martin Garcia Garcia of Spain.

A high ranking in the renowned competition opens the best concert halls in the world for pianists and opens the way for recordings with the most famous record companies.

Held every five years, the competition has been postponed from 2020 by the pandemic.

The head of the jury, Katarzyna Popowa-Zydron, said that in addition to being excellent pianists, participants also had to show sensitivity and bring freshness to the music.

“I’m trying to find a connection between the performer and Chopin,” Popowa-Zydron said in an interview at the start of the competition.

Music is a ‘message from a person and [the musicians] should know what kind of person Chopin was. “

Bowing to their artistry, the 17-member jury allowed two more finalists than usual this year.

Observers noted that the level of competition was very high this year and said it was difficult to pick a favorite to win.

All of the finalists are “very exceptional artists,” said Aleksander Laskowski, spokesperson for the Fryderyk Chopin Institute, which organized the competition.

Canadian pianist Charles Richard-Hamelin won silver in the competition at its last edition, in 2015. (Élisabeth Delage)

Canadian former silver medalist

Previous winners include Italian Maurizio Pollini, Argentina’s Martha Argerich, American Garrick Ohlsson, Poles Krystian Zimerman and Artur Blechacz, and Seong-Jin Cho of South Korea.

Canada’s Charles Richard-Hamelin won silver the last time the competition was held in 2015.

Chopin, Poland’s best known and beloved classical composer and pianist, was born in 1810 in Zelazowa Wola near Warsaw to a Polish mother and a French father. He left Poland at the age of 19 to deepen his musical training in Vienna and then in Paris, where he settled, composed, gave concerts and taught the piano.

Chopin died on October 17, 1849 in Paris and was buried in the Père Lachaise cemetery. His heart is in the Holy Cross Church in Warsaw.


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