Bruce (Xiaoyu) Liu was named the winner of the 18th Frederic Chopin competition in Warsaw
He has won one of the world’s most prestigious piano competitions.
The jury of the 18th Frederic Chopin international piano competition chose Bruce (Xiaoyu) Liu of Canada as the winner of the 40,000-euro ($57,000 Cdn) first prize in the 18th Frederic Chopin international piano competition that often launches pianists’ world careers.
The announcement came just hours after Liu played as the last entrant among the 12 finalists, performing Chopin’s concerto in E minor, opus 11 with the orchestra at the packed National Philharmonic in Warsaw. His performance was met with huge applause.
Liu is from Montreal. He graduated with great distinction from the Conservatoire de Montréal, where he studied with Richard Raymond, and later studied at the Université de Montréal, working with Dang Thai Son.
« Oh my God. I don’t know what to say, honestly, » Liu said soon after learning he won.
« We have been dreaming with all these people here for this prestigious stage, » the 24-year-old said.
« Being able to play Chopin in Warsaw is one of the best things you can imagine, of course, so I’m truly honoured for this award, of course, and for this jury’s trust and for all the warmth I have received in recent days, » Liu said.
Sources: The Associated Press – CBC
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