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Taiwanese young pianist wins regional contest

2012/07/29 18:16:06

Singapore, July 29 (CNA) A Taiwanese teenage girl won the chance to compete in a global piano competition after winning the regional contest for Southeast Asia held in Singapore Saturday.

Hsieh Wei-ting, a 16-year-old high school student from Taiwan, placed first, beating out eight other contestants in the first South-East Asia Steinway Youth Piano Competition.

She played the first movement of Beethoven's Piano Sonata Op. 22, Liszt's La Campanella, and Enrique Granados's Goyescas Los Majos Enamorados I Los Requiebros in the competition.

Playing piano since the age of four and practicing six hours a day, Hsieh said there is no secret to her success but her extensive training.

Meanwhile, Susan Lin, head of student affairs at National Taiwan Normal University who accompanied Hsieh to the competition in Singapore, said she was surprised by the high level of piano playing by the contestants, adding that Taiwan must work harder to maintain its lead in the field.

Besides Taiwan, countries taking part in the competition included Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand and Vietnam.

Hsieh will be the regional representative competing against pianists from China, Japan, Europe and America in the biennial Steinway Festival to be held in Hamburg, Germany in September.

(By Lu Hsin-sui and Kay Liu)