Seong-Jin Cho

Yesterday evening (20 October) the Jury of the 17th International Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw announced the prizes for their 2015 edition. Winner of the First prize and gold medal ist Seong-Jin Cho, 21, from South-Korea. The Canadian pianist Charles Richard-Hamelin won Second prize and silver medal, Kate Liu (USA) took Third prize and bronze medal. Seong-Jin Cho also received the Fryderyk Chopin Society Prize for the best performance of a polonaise and Kate Liu was awarded the Polish Radio Prize for best performance of mazurkas. Charles Richard-Hamelin won the Krystian Zimerman Prize for the best performance of a sonata.

Born on 28 May 1994, in Seoul, Seong-Jin Cho is a student of Michel Beroff at the Paris Conservatoire. He has won the International Fryderyk Chopin Competition for Young Pianists (2008) and a piano competition in Hamamatsu, Japan (2009), as well as Third Prize in the Pyotr Tchaikovsky Competition in Russia (2011) and the Arthur Rubinstein in Tel Aviv (2014).

Born on 17 July 1989, in Lanaudière, Charles Richard-Hamelin studied at McGill University and at the Yale School of Music. He has won Second Prize in the Montreal International Musical Competition and Third Prize and a special award for the best performance of a Beethoven sonata in the Seoul International Music Competition.

Born on 23 May 1994 in Singapore, Kate Liu studied at the Chicago Institute of Music. She has won prizes in the 3rd Asia-Pacific International Chopin Piano Competition.

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