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Taiwan student comes 2nd in international piano competition

2012/06/27 19:56:29

Los Angeles, June 26 (CNA) A student from Taiwan has placed second in the annual International Piano Festival and Competition in the U.S. city of Cleveland, Tennessee.

Yu Wan-lin, 18, was second in a field of 16 high school studentswho were selected as finalists in the competition, part of the festivalthat took place June 17-23 at the city's Lee University.

The 10 were competing for the top three cash prizes of US$3,000 (NT$89,763), US$1,000 and US$500, respectively, as well as full-tuition piano scholarships provided by the university.

The winner of the competition was Ming Xie of China, who is currently enrolled in the pre-college division of The Julliard School and has performed throughout China, Germany, France and the U.S.

Yu will attend the university from this fall to study piano under the internationally renowned Ning An, an assistant professor of music who won the American National Chopin Piano Competition in 2000 and the 2006 Tivoli International Piano Competition in Copenhagen.

Yu began learning piano at the age of 5 and gained a certificate equivalent to a senior high school diploma from Tainan National University of the Arts earlier this year.

It is not the first time she has won a major music prize. In 2010, she won the New Art Music Star Piano Competition in Taiwan.

The International Piano Festival began in 2005 as a competition for high school students, but in 2011 it was expanded to include opportunities for students to study with internationally acclaimed artists.

(By Oscar Wu and I-Ling Chen)