WARSAW, Poland (AP) – Canada’s Bruce (Xiaoyu) Liu was named the winner of the first 40,000 euros ($ 45,000) first prize at the 18th Frederic Chopin International Piano Competition on Thursday, a prestigious event that launches a global career pianists.
By MONIKA SCISLOWSKA Associated Press
The jury’s 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 Warsaw National Philharmonic Orchestra. Her inspired performance was met with huge applause.
âOh my God. I don’t know what to say, honestly,â Liu said after winning the name.
“We dreamed with all these people here for this prestigious stage,” said the 24-year-old Paris-born player in English.
âBeing 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. in recent days. âLiu said.
The second prize and 30,000 euros ($ 35,000) went jointly to Alexander Gadjiev, representing Italy and Slovenia, and Kyohei Sorita from Japan. Gadjiev also won the Krystian Zimerman Prize of 10,000 euros ($ 11,800) for best sonata performance.
The third prize of 20,000 euros ($ 23,000) went to Spaniard Martin Garcia Garcia, who also won the prize of 5,000 euros ($ 5,800) for best concerto performance.