The 18th International Chopin Piano Competition is over. Prizes and recognitions were granted yesterday during a grand gala. Bruce Xiaoyu Liu from Canada was the winner. Concerts by laureates will be held today and tomorrow.
Warsaw donated the prize to the pianist who came sixth in the competition. Yesterday Deputy Mayor of Warsaw Aldona Machnowska-Góra awarded the prize to 17-year-old Canadian pianist J J Jun Li Bui.
This time the prize goes to a very young musician. His performance was full of virtuosity and musicality. As were the performances of other recognised participants, said Deputy Mayor of Warsaw. It is wonderful to see people from different continents and of different ages take part in this celebration of music, an event that truly connects us. We are proud that our city has been the co-organiser of this important cultural event, she added.
Warsaw donated the 6th prize, amounting to EUR 7,000, and granted recognition awards to the four finalists of the Competition. They received EUR 4,000 each. Deputy Mayor handed the awards also to 17-year-olds Eva Gevorgyan (Russia-Armenia) and Hao Rao (China), and to Kamil Pacholec (Poland) and Hyuk Lee (South Korean national, Moscow resident), both slightly older than the first two.
The Polish capital also provided a grant of PLN 500,000 to the Fryderyk Chopin Institute for the organisation of the Competition. A number of special events related to Chopin were held during the Competition with the guiding theme “Everything plays Chopin in Warsaw”.