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Russian Woman Wins Chopin International Piano Competition

22. October 2010 by Christy 0 Comments

Russian pianist Yulianna Avdeeva, 25, won the prestigious 16th annual Chopin International Piano Competition in Warsaw, Poland on October 20, 2010. Avdeeva is the first woman to win the highly-coveted prize in 45 years.

“Winning the contest was not an aim-in-itself for me,” Avdeeva told The Voice of Russia. “I just enjoyed playing Chopin and tried to play his music the way it deserves to be played."

Held in Poland every 5 years, the Chopin International Piano Competition is a prestigious and infamously difficult competition honoring Polish composer Frédéric Chopin. Over 80 pianists participated in the grueling, three-week event known for its harsh judging. In fact, judges did not name a winner in 1990 and 1995 because they didn’t feel any competitor was worthy of the prize.

Avdeeva was not the only Russian to place in the competition. Lukas Geniušas of Russia and Lithuania tied for second place, while Daniil Trifonov placed the third. Nikolay Khozyainov and Miroslav Kultyshev also earned special distinctions.