This Canadian just won Poland’s most important music competition

Pianist Bruce (Xiaoyu) Liu, center, of Canada celebrates after being named as the winner of the 40,000-euro ($45,000) first prize in the 18th Frederic Chopin international piano competition, a prestigious event that launches pianists’ world careers. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)
By Grzegorz Adamczyk
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Every five years, Warsaw becomes the heart of the global classical music scene as the world’s most talented pianists come to face off against each other in the International Chopin Piano Competition.

The winner of the 18th edition of the competition was Canadian Bruce (Xiaoyu) Liu, who was awarded the gold medal and a financial reward of €40,000. The winner of the competition is a graduate of the Montreal Academy of Music.

Tied for second place were Italian and Slovenian representative Alexander Gadijev and Japanese representative Kyohei Sority. while Martin Garcia Garcia from Spain came third.

Two Poles also reached the top 12 in the competition and one of them, Jakub Kuszlik, received a distinction for how he played the Mazurkas. In total, 87 pianists from 18 countries took part in the main stage of the competition. Only 12 of them reached the finals.

Prior to the announcement of the final results, one music lover posted a video clip in which one can see the incredible skills of the competition’s eventual winner, Bruce Liu.

The International Chopin Piano Competition is the most important music event in Poland and one of the most important music competitions in the world.

The competition is not only an opportunity to witness some of the best pianists from around the globe, it also discovers the greatest piano talents and ensures that they have a good start to their international music careers.

The event takes place every five years. Its 18th edition was held from Oct. 2 to Oct. 23 in Warsaw and was postponed from 2020 due to the pandemic.

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