Chopin Piano Competition winner is Seong-Jin Cho, 21

Posted on: October 21, 2015

“Seong-Jin Cho of South Korea has won the career-paving 17th International Frederic Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw,” reads an unsigned Associated Press report on Wednesday (10/21). “The second prize went to Charles Richard-Hamelin of Canada and the third prize winner was Kate Liu of the United States. The first prize includes concerts in some of the world’s best-known halls, contracts for recordings, and a 30,000-euro ($33,600) award with a gold medal. A 21-year-old native of Seoul, Cho said … all stages of the competition were ‘really tough for me’ except the final concerto with an orchestra, when he was ‘not so nervous. In the first round I was out of control,’ he said. ‘I didn’t remember how I played so I checked on YouTube how I played.’ … During the three weeks of the competition the pianists played only Chopin’s works before a 17-member international jury that included the 1965 winner, Martha Argerich. In its 88-year history, the Chopin competition has earned a reputation as one of the world’s top piano events, opening international careers to young pianists. Past winners include Maurizio Pollini in 1960, Garrick Ohlsson in 1970, and Krystian Zimerman in 1975.”

Posted October 21, 2015