Bruce (Xiaoyu) Liu, a pianist from Canada, won the 18th International Piano Competition. Frederic Chopin. The director of the Fryderyk Chopin Institute, Artur Szklener, announced the jury’s decision on Wednesday night.
The deliberations of the jurors lasted exceptionally long. Originally, the announcement of the results was scheduled for 23.30. But the verdict was not announced until 2 o’clock.
The final auditions lasted from Monday to Wednesday. Each participant played one of Fryderyk Chopin’s concertos: in E minor, Op. 11 or in F minor, Op. 21. In the first stage 87 pianists and pianists competed, including 16 people representing Poland. 45 people went to the second stage, 23 people competed in the third.
The International Piano Competition The Fryderyk Chopin event was held for the eighteenth time. The first edition of the event took place in 1927. Since then, it has been held regularly every five years. The rhythm has only been disrupted twice: World War II and the COVID-19 pandemic. It is one of the most prestigious music competitions in the world.
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