Canadian wins prestigious Chopin piano competitors

Canadian wins prestigious Chopin piano competitors

Canadian pianist Bruce Xiaoyu Liu was awarded first prize within the Chopin piano competitors in Warsaw on Thursday, clinching one of many world’s most prestigious music awards.

“Having the ability to play Chopin in Warsaw is without doubt one of the finest issues you possibly can think about,” 24-year-old Liu mentioned because the jury introduced their determination on the Warsaw Philharmonic Live performance Corridor.

Earlier winners of the Chopin Competitors embrace a few of the biggest names in classical music, resembling Maurizio Pollini, Martha Argerich and Krystian Zimerman. 

Held each 5 years since 1927, the Chopin competitors would usually have been held final yr, however was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic — a primary since World Conflict II.

“It was difficult to get all of the opponents into Poland,” Artur Szklener, director of the Nationwide Institute of Frederic Chopin, which organises the competitors, had informed AFP.

However one of many 17 jury members, Argentinian live performance pianist Nelson Goerner, mentioned that pandemic-related lockdowns helped elevate the usual of this yr’s competitors

“The extent this yr is outstanding,” Goerner informed AFP earlier within the competitors.

“The pianists have had extra time to arrange and I feel the pandemic has woke up in all of us a need to go additional, to surpass ourselves,” he mentioned.

“You possibly can hear it in how these younger pianists are enjoying.”

Japan’s Kyohei Sorita, 27, got here joint-second with 26-year-old Italian-Slovenian Alexander Gadjiev.

Spain’s Martin Garcia Garcia, 24, got here third.

– ‘Sleep and social gathering’ –

Born in Paris, Liu graduated from Montreal Conservatoire.

He has carried out with the Israeli Philharmonic Orchestra and the Montreal Symphony Orchestra and has been on two excursions in China.

“The pandemic truly made this type of assembly for me extra particular,” Liu mentioned after his victory.

Liu mentioned he needed to be “actually cautious on a regular basis” throughout the coronavirus disaster, in order to have the ability to sustain his competitors and live performance schedule, and in consequence had “not met many individuals” up to now two years.

He additionally mentioned he hoped the competitors could be “only a begin” in his musical journey.

“It is exhausting to maintain the freshness, to constantly discover new concepts so I hope this isn’t the final level,” he informed reporters.

He added that he was trying ahead “to be lastly capable of sleep and social gathering”.

This yr’s occasion drew 87 pianists from throughout the globe, together with 22 from China, 16 from Poland and 14 from Japan.

Broadcast stay on YouTube and through a bespoke cell app, the competition attracted file on-line curiosity.

Some 70,000 individuals watched the consequence streamed on-line.

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