South Korean Seong-Jin Cho wins Chopin piano competition
21 October 2015
The prestigious 17th international Frederic Chopin piano competition in the Polish capital, Warsaw was won by South Korea's Seong-Jin Cho,21.
Along with the title, he gono home with a prize money of €30,000 (£22,000. $33,600), which opens the way to performances in some of the world's best-known concert halls.
Every five years the competition is held and it is one of the few in which pianists play pieces by a single composer.
For many internationally-renowned pianists it has been and it still continues to be a launching pad.
Canadian Charles Richard-Hamelin won the second prize, and third place went to Kate Liu of the United States.
"It became my dream to participate in the competition and I cannot believe this moment," said Seong-Jin Cho after the results were announced.
"In the first round I was out of control,'' he said. `"I didn't remember how I played so I checked on YouTube."
But by his final performance of Chopin's Piano Concerto in E minor, Opus 11, he said he was "not so nervous".
A €3,000 prize for the best performance of a Chopin polonaise was won also by the Paris Conservatoire student.
For 88 years now the competition has been running. Previous winners include Maurizio Pollini, Krystian Zimerman and Martha Argerich, who was a judge at this year's competition.
The prize in the Chopin competition 2010 went to Russia's Yulianna Avdeeva.
In this year's competition, some 78 young pianists took partfrom 20 different countries.
Three weeks were spent by the contestants, playing works by the Polish composer Frederic Chopin in a series of concerts.