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18. Chopin Competition. 12 pianists in the final. When we know the winners

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12 pianists, including two Poles, in the final of the 18th Chopin Competition. Four finalists took part in the concert on Tuesday, and the final winner of the competition will be selected tonight.

Wednesday is the last day of the pianists’ final struggles. Aimi Kobayashi from Japan, Pole Jakub Kuszlik and Bruce Liu from Canada will play the Piano Concerto in E minor, Op. 11. Hyuk Lee from South Korea will perform the Piano Concerto in F minor, Op. 21. On Wednesday night, the jury will issue a verdict announcing the winners of the competition.

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By the decision of the Jury chaired by Katarzyna Popowa-Zydroń, 12 pianists qualified for the final of the 18th Chopin Competition. Among them are two representatives of Poland: Jakub Kuszlik and Kamil Pacholec.

The other winners are: Leonora Armellini from Italy, JJ Jun Li Bui from Canada, Alexander Gadjiev from Italy and Slovenia, Martin Garcia Garcia from Spain, Eva Gevorgyan from Russia and Armenia, Japanese Aimi Kobayashi, Hyuk Lee from South Korea, Bruce (Xiaoyu) Liu from Canada, Chinese Hao Rao and Kyohei Sorita from Japan.

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Eva Gevorgyan during the final of the 18th Chopin CompetitionWojciech Olkuśnik / PAP

– Everyone is great, so outstanding, great, they are professionals that these are fantastic concerts – said the people gathered on Tuesday at the National Philharmonic in Warsaw. The jury faces a difficult choice. – In this year’s competition, I would have a huge problem with identifying who could win – added one of the viewers.

Finalists prizes

The winner will receive EUR 40,000 from the President of the Republic of Poland. He will also get 500,000 yen (about 17,000 zlotys) from the Mayor of Hamamatsu, Japan. In addition, the National Philharmonic guarantees a prize of 5,000 euros for the best performance of the concert. The founder of the prize for the second place in the amount of EUR 30 thousand is the Marshal of the Sejm, and the amount of EUR 20 thousand for the third place comes from the prime minister. The winners of the first three places on the podium are also entitled to medals: gold, silver and bronze. The fourth, fifth and sixth place winners will receive the following prizes: EUR 15,000 (funded by the Minister of Culture, National Heritage and Sports), EUR 10,000 (funded by the Minister of Foreign Affairs) and EUR 7,000 appointed by the Mayor of Warsaw. The remaining finalists will be awarded prizes of 4,000 euros. The awards gala will be held on October 21. The 18th edition will be crowned by the laureates’ concerts (October 21-23).

Main photo source: Wojciech Olkuśnik / PAP



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