Just as Leeds was making its mind up over the £20,000 first prize, Honens announced Luca Buratto, 22, Laureate of the 2015 Honens Piano Competition. A former Cliburn competitor, Luca takes the world’s largest piano prize of C$100,000 (CAN) and a career development program worth half a million dollars.
Henry Kramer (US, 28) and Artem Yasynskyy (Ukraine, 27) each went home with C$10,000.
Having both Leeds and Honens declare on the same weekend was plain crazy, a symptom of a competition circuit gone mad.
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