President Andrzej Duda, during the award ceremony of the 18th Chopin Competition, thanked the winners and pianists for making his music and name famous around the world by playing Chopin. The winners received cash prizes – the winner was 40,000 euros and 500,000 yen (about 17,000 zlotys). The winners of the first three places on the podium are entitled to medals: gold, silver and bronze.
The president and his wife Agata Kornhauser-Duda took part in the first concert of the winners of the Chopin Competition at the Teatr Wielki – Polish National Opera. During the ceremony, the President presented the Gold Medal to the winner of the 1st Prize, Bruce (Xiaoyu) Liu from Canada.
In his speech, he thanked all pianists and musicians who entered the 18th Competition. – Thank you for your effort and great emotions – said Andrzej Duda.
In the president’s opinion, choosing the winner of the competition was extremely difficult. – We are proud that Chopin was a Pole, he came from our country and he walked on Polish soil. We hear Poland in this music. When we hear it, we see the flowing Vistula, bent willows, landscapes characteristic of our country – said the president. He stressed that “Chopin is a Polish artist and we are all proud of it”. – Chopin’s music is world-class, it is a great pride – he assessed. Summing up his speech, he congratulated the laureates and pianists once again and thanked them for “playing Chopin, making his music and name famous all over the world”.
Bruce (Xiaoyu) Liu is the winner of the 18th Chopin Competition
On Wednesday night, the results of the 18th International Piano Competition were announced. Frederic Chopin. Bruce (Xiaoyu) Liu from Canada took the first place. Second place in the Chopin Competition was taken ex aequo by Alexander Gadjiev representing Italy and Slovenia, and Kyohei Sorita from Japan.
The winner of the third place is Martin Garcia Garcia from Spain, the fourth prize was awarded ex aequo to the Japanese Aimi Kobayashi and the Pole Jakub Kuszlik. The fifth place was taken by Leonora Armellini from Italy, and the sixth place was taken by JJ Jun Li Bui from Canada.
The laureates of the 18th Chopin Competition received their prizes
Alexander Gadjiev was awarded for the best performance of the sonata – the award was funded by Krystian Zimerman and presented on his behalf by Andrzej Kosowski. The Polish Radio award for the best performance of mazurkas went to Jakub Kuszlik – it was received by the president of Polish Radio, Agnieszka Kamińska.
And the winner of the award funded by the National Philharmonic for the best performance of the concert was Martin Garcia Garcia – he received it from the director of the FN, Wojciech Nowak. The jury did not award the special prize of the Society of Fryderyk Chopin for the best performance of a polonaise.
The first prize is EUR 40,000 from the President of the Republic of Poland. The winner will also receive 500,000 yen (approximately PLN 17,000) from the Mayor of Hamamatsu. 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 of the Republic of Poland, 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 entitled to medals: gold, silver and bronze.
The fourth, fifth and sixth place winners received prizes respectively: EUR 15,000 (funded by the Minister of Culture, National Heritage and Sports), EUR 10,000 (from the Minister of Foreign Affairs) and EUR 7,000 (from the President of the Capital City of Warsaw). The remaining finalists will receive awards of EUR 4,000 each. In turn, the youngest finalists will receive a prize of PLN 10,000 and EUR 100 funded by Zbigniew Kaszuba.
Main photo source: PAP / Andrzej Lange