Singapore-born pianist clinches third place in prestigious Chopin piano competition

Kate Liu, 21, won a bronze medal and a cash prize of $47,000 at the prestigious International Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition held on Wednesday.
Kate Liu, 21, won a bronze medal and a cash prize of $47,000 at the prestigious International Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition held on Wednesday.PHOTO: EPA
From left, silver medalist Charles Richard-Hamelin, gold medalist Seong-Jin Cho and bronze medalist Kate Liu.
From left, silver medalist Charles Richard-Hamelin, gold medalist Seong-Jin Cho and bronze medalist Kate Liu.PHOTO: EPA
Kate Liu, 21, won a bronze medal and a cash prize of $47,000 at the prestigious International Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition held on Wednesday.
Kate Liu, 21, won a bronze medal and a cash prize of $47,000 at the prestigious International Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition held on Wednesday.PHOTO: EPA
Kate Liu, 21, won a bronze medal and a cash prize of $47,000 at the prestigious International Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition held on Wednesday.
Kate Liu, 21, won a bronze medal and a cash prize of $47,000 at the prestigious International Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition held on Wednesday.PHOTO: EPA

SINGAPORE - A Singapore-born pianist has clinched third place in a prestigious piano competition in Warsaw, Poland, emerging out of 160 young musicians from around the world.

Kate Liu, 21, won a bronze medal and a cash prize of $47,000 at the prestigious International Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition held on Wednesday.

She won over the 16-member jury with her performance of Chopin's Piano Concerto #1 in E minor Op. 11 with the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra.

Ms Liu was born in Singapore in 1994, before moving to the United States when she was eight. She started playing the piano when she was four and began her studies at the Music Institute of Chicago when she was 10.

The undergraduate at the Curtis Institute of Music in the US has won numerous competitions, including the third Asia-Pacific International Chopin Piano Competition held earlier this year, and performed internationally with orchestras from around the world.

Now in its 17th edition, the International Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition is held once every five years.

The other winners were 21-year-old Seong-Jin Cho from South Korea, who came in first, and 26-year-old Charles Richard-Hamelin of Canada, who won second place.

Singaporean pianist Shaun Choo, 24, also took part in the competition but was eliminated in the preliminary stages.

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