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Taiwanese wins 1st European Guitar Concerto Competition

2018/02/06 20:49:46

Image taken from Dutch Guitar Foundation's Facebook page

Brussels, Feb. 6 (CNA) Taiwanese Lin Chia-wei (林家瑋) emerged Sunday as the winner of the first edition of the European Guitar Concerto Competition in the Netherlands, after three rounds of contest.

Lin, a 29-year-old classical guitarist from Kaohsiung, was the only Asian in the competition that was held in Groningen Jan. 29 to Feb. 4.

According to competition's website, the contest was open to guitarists of all ages and nationalities, and participants were required to play one concerto in the preliminary, semifinal and final rounds of the competition.

A student at the Lemmens music conservatory in Belgium, Lin won the first prize, which carried a purse of 3,000 euros (NT$108,780)

It was his 11th prize in an international guitar competition since 2005, having participated in contests in places like Singapore, Croatia and Germany.

His first win came at the age of 12 in the adult category of an international guitar competition.

Lin, who grew up in Kaohsiung's Fengshan District and went abroad at the age of 20 to study, has also received awards in Taiwan, including a youth award for excellence and a Presidential Education Award.

The European Guitar Concerto Competition and Festival, an initiative of the Dutch Guitar Foundation, and is the biggest classical guitar event in the Netherlands, according to the foundation's website.

(By Tang Pei-chun and William Yen)