Monday, 23 November 2009

15-year-old Korean wins 7th Hamamatsu International Piano Competition

The 7th Hamamatsu International Piano Competition has been won by a 15-year-old Korea pianist, Cho Seong Jin (left). He is the youngest pianist to win 1st prize in this competition, and possibly the youngest in all international non-age-grouped piano competitions. The Hamamatsu competition has had an excellent track record of unearthing hitherto unknown talent. Previous winners of recent editions have included Alexej Gorlatch (2006), Rafal Blechacz & Alexander Kobrin (tied for 2nd, 2003) and Alexander Gavrylyuk (2000).

The final placings as follows:
1st: CHO Seong-Jin (Korea)
2nd: GASANOV Elmar (Russia) + Audience prize
3rd: HUH Jae-Weon (Korea)
4th: DUMONT Francois (France)
5th: KIM Hyung-Jung (Korea)
6th: ANN Soo-Jung (Korea)

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