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.
Bruce (Xiaoyu) Liu – who is the winner of the Chopin Competition 2021
As we read on the NIFC website, Bruce (Xiaoyu) Liu was born on May 8, 1997 in Paris, graduated from the Montreal Conservatory of Music in the class of Richard Raymond, and currently continues his studies with Dang Thai Son.
He has collaborated with such ensembles as the Cleveland and Montreal symphony orchestras, the Israeli Philharmonic Orchestra, the Orchestra of the Americas, and Camerata Jerusalem. He gave a series of concerts with the China NCPA Orchestra. Recently, he has also made two tours around China with the National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine and the Symphony Orchestra of the Lviv Regional Philharmonic, performing, among others, at the Beijing National Center for the Performing Arts and Concert Hall and the Oriental Arts Center in Shanghai, as well as the Orchester Lamoureux in Salle Gaveau. He is a laureate of many international piano competitions, incl. in Sendai, Montreal, Viseu and Tel Aviv.
The list of laureates of the 18th International Piano Competition Frederic Chopin
The jury chaired by prof. Katarzyna Popowa-Zydroń was distinguished by eight pianists:
1st prize – Bruce (Xiaoyu) Liu (Canada) 2nd prize ex aequo – Alexander Gadjiev (Italy / Slovenia) 2nd prize ex aequo – Kyohei Sorita (Japan) 3rd prize – Martin Garcia Garcia (Spain) 4th prize ex aequo – Aimi Kobayashi ( Japan) 4th prize ex aequo – Jakub Kuszlik (Poland) 5th prize – Leonora Armellini (Italy) 6th prize – JJ Jun Li Bui (Canada)
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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