Yekwon Sunwoo, 26, won the Internationalen Deutschen Pianistenpreis at the Alte Oper, Frankfurt. He collected the 20,000 Euro award. The audience prize went to a Latvian, Andrei Osokin.
A Juilliard graduate, Sunwoo won first prize at the 2012 William Kapell International Piano Competition but missed out at Van Cliburn. He told local press that it is his lifelong dream to live in Germany.
He has an elaborate preparation ritual.