November 29, 2022

Korean pianist Lee Hyuk has gained the primary prize on the Lengthy-Thibaud Worldwide Competitors held in France, together with Japanese pianist Masaya Kamei, in accordance with its organizer.

The 22-year-old performed Sergei Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 2 within the ultimate contest that closed at Chatelet Theater in Paris on Sunday (native time).

Korean pianist Lee Hyuk stands on stage during the Long-Thibaud International Competition held at Chatelet Theater in Paris on Nov. 13, 2022. (Yonhap)

Korean pianist Lee Hyuk speaks after successful the primary prize on the Lengthy-Thibaud Worldwide Competitors held at Chatelet Theater in Paris on Nov. 13, 2022. (Yonhap)

Lee grew to become the second Korean pianist honored on the prestigious classical music competitors created in 1943, following Lim Dong-hyek in 2001.

He’ll obtain a money prize of 35,000 euros (US$36,238) from the organizer and will likely be invited to some 20 main festivals that might assist him launch a profession within the skilled music world, Fondation Lengthy-Thibaud mentioned on its official web site.

The laureate may even be accessible for monetary help, recording alternatives and live performance proposals, it mentioned.

Out of 112 functions from 41 nations, 32 candidates had been certified to participate within the eliminatory spherical and 6 made the ultimate listing this 12 months. One other South Korean finalist, Noh Hee-seong, completed fifth.

Born in Seoul in 2000, the prodigy started studying piano and violin on the age of three and has gained quite a few awards at worldwide competitions.

Amongst them are the primary prize on the Grand Prix Animato Chopin in 2021, the third prize on the Hamamatsu Piano Competitors in 2018 and the primary prize on the Paderewski Worldwide Piano Competitors in 2016.

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He entered Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory in 2016 and has been taking a short lived absence from college since February attributable to flight restrictions imposed because the Russia-Ukraine battle.

“I felt a whole lot of stress once I needed to go away Moscow,” Lee mentioned in an interview with Yonhap Information Company at Chatelet Theater. “I attempted to convey my sufferings in my music and am glad with the consequence.”

The pianist mentioned he desires to grow to be a “storyteller” who delivers every kind of human feelings by means of music.

“Nothing will change whether or not I win the concours as we speak, or rank second or third tomorrow,” he mentioned. “My purpose solely lies in growing my musical abilities.”