Korean teen wins the Busoni

Ji-Yeong Mun, 19 years old, has taken the 22,000 Euro first prize at the International Ferruccio Busoni piano competition in Bolzano. She’s the first Korean to win the distinguished contest. Watch her here.

Second prize went to an Italian, Alberto Ferro, also 19. Third to the Ukrainian Roman Lopatynskyi, 22.

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  • Wonderful playing! Unfortunately, you won’t hear much of it in the link to the South Tirol TV which Norman provided, but you can listen to her preliminary round audition for the Chopin Competition in Warsaw here:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ONGlosU88l4

    She has a beautiful singing tone, excellent technique, and a refreshingly honest, unpretentious way of making music. It is always encouraging to know that competition participants who can really play are also getting their due recognition, as in the case of this young artist — it’s certainly not self-evident these days. I’m looking forward to hearing her in a real concert setting sometime where she might be able to relax a bit more and give us a few more “magic moments” (which are usually hard to come by in these competition clips).

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