Lee Hyuk [Provided by Kumho Cutural Art Foundation]
South Korean pianist Lee Hyuk won the top prize in the piano category of the Long-Thibaud International Competition held on Sunday (local time) at the Chatelet Theater in Paris, France.
Lee co-shares the first prize with Japanese pianist Kamei Masaya, after performing Sergei Prokofiev‘s Piano Concerto No. 2 in the final contest. He is the second Korean pianist who received the grand prize after Lim Dong-hyek in 2001.
Born in 2000, Lee has won numerous awards at international competitions. He was among the finalists in the 18th Chopin International Piano Competition as the first among Korean pianists in October last year. He was awarded the third prize in the Hamamatsu Piano Competition in 2018 and the first prize and the concert prize in the 8th Moscow Chopin Competition for Young Pianists in 2012.
Another South Korean pianist Noh Hee-seong finished in fifth place.
By Park Dae-eui and Lee Ha-yeon
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