Korean pianist Lee Hyuk, 21, is amongst the12 finalists of the 18th Chopin International Piano Competition, happening in Warsaw, Poland.

The Chopin Competition, organized by the Polish Chopin Institute, had its first version in 1927. Previous winners of the distinguished competitors for musicians embody massive names in classical music, similar to Martha Argerich and Krystian Zimerman. In 2015, pianist Cho Seong-jin rose turned the primary Korean winner of the competitors and rose to stardom.

The competitors, held each 5 years, was postponed final yr because of the COVID-19 pandemic. It was the primary postponement for the competitors since World War II.

The foremost competitors has been happening on the Warsaw Philharmonic Hall since earlier this month, with the 87 contenders who handed the preliminary spherical collaborating. Through three rounds, the contenders have been narrowed all the way down to 12 finalists.

While 14 Korean pianists made it to the preliminary spherical and 7 to the primary competitors, Lee is the one Korean to have made it to the finals.

Lee studied violin and piano from the age of three. He has been learning with Vladimir Ovchinnikov on the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory since he was 16.

Lee made his debut on the Kumho Prodigy Concert in 2012. He gained the Hamamatsu Piano Competition in 2018, the Ignacy Jan Paderewski International Piano Competition in 2016 and each the primary prize and the live performance prize on the Moscow Chopin Competition for Young Pianists in 2012.

For the ultimate spherical happening from Monday to Wednesday, every pianist will play one in every of Chopin’s two piano concertos. The performances will likely be livestreamed via YouTube and the Chopin Competition cellular app.

The jury will announce the winners, together with the primary prize winner who will obtain the gold medal and the money prize of 40,000 euros ($46,401), on the ultimate day of the competitors on Wednesday. The competitors will acknowledge winners for as much as six foremost prizes together with particular awards.

Meanwhile, the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra will maintain a live performance with the primary prize winner of the competitors on Nov. 27 on the Seoul Arts Center. Associate Conductor Wilson Ng will take the baton and the winner will carry out one in every of Chopin’s two piano concertos.

By Im Eun-byel (silverstar@heraldcorp.com)

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