18-year-old Korean pianist wins the Van Cliburn International Competition

Fort Worth, Texas (AP) — An 18-year-old woman from South Korea won the 16th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, one of the world’s top pianist showcases.

The tournament in Fort Worth, Texas ended Saturday night, with Yunchan Lim winning the youngest gold medal in the tournament. His prize pool includes a $ 100,000 prize pool and three years of career management.

The silver medalist is Anna Geniushene, 31 years old from Russia, and the bronze medalist is Dmytro Choni, 28 years old from Ukraine.

Lim said Fort Worth Star Telegram He will discuss with his teacher what the next move for his career should be.

“I’m still a student and I feel like I still have to learn a lot,” Lim said. “This is a great tournament and I feel the burden of winning this great honor and award, so I push myself to protect the honor I received today.”

The competition was founded in 1962 in honor of the famous pianist Van Cliburn who lived in Fort Worth. Cliburn, who died in 2013 at the age of 78 Played for the President of the United States, royalty, and heads of state around the world. He is best known for winning the first Tchaikovsky International Convention in Moscow in 1958 during the height of the Cold War.

Competitions are traditionally held every four years. This year’s tournament was originally scheduled for last year, but has been postponed due to a pandemic.