The winners of the 17th International Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition have been announced via live broadcast in Warsaw Poland.
The winner is South Korean pianist Seong-Jin Cho. Canadian Charles Richard-Hamelin wins second prize and third prize to American pianist Kate Liu.
Fourth prize is awarded to Eric Lu (USA), and Toronto-based pianist Tony Yike Yang takes a fifth prize. The sixth prize is awarded to Dmitry Shishkin (Russia).
Charles Richard-Hamelin was also awarded the Krystian Zimerman Prize for best performance of a sonata for a total cash prize of $51,605 CAN.
- Aljoša Jurinić (4000 €)
- Aimi Kobayashi (4000 €)
- Szymon Nehring (4000 €)
- Georgijs Osokins (4000 €)
- Fryderyk Chopin Society Prize for best performance of a polonaise: Seong-Jin Cho (3 000 €)
- Polish Radio Prize for best performance of mazurkas: Kate Liu (5 000 €)
- Krystian Zimerman Prize for best performance of a sonata: Charles Richard-Hamelin (10 000 €)
The Chopin competition is deemed to be one of the world’s most esteemed piano contests and establishes winners with international touring careers. The three-week competition is unique in that pianists play only Chopin’s works.
Former winners include Maurizio Pollini (1960), Martha Argerich (1965), Garrick Ohlsson (1970) and Krystian Zimerman (1975).