18-year-old South Korean pianist wins Van Cliburn competition


FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — An 18-year-old Korean has won the 16th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, one of the best showcases for the world’s best pianists.

The competition held in Fort Worth, Texas, concluded Saturday night with Yunchan Lim becoming the youngest winner of the gold medal competition. His winnings include a cash prize of $100,000 and three years of career management.

The silver medalist was Anna Geniushene, a 31-year-old Russian, and the bronze medalist was Dmytro Choni, a 28-year-old Ukrainian.

Lim told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram that he would discuss the next step in his career with his teacher.


“I’m still a student and I feel like I still have to learn a lot,” Lim said. “It’s a great competition and I feel the burden of receiving this great honor and award, so I will push myself to live up to 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 US presidents, royalty and heads of state around the world. He is best known for winning the first International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow in 1958, at the height of the Cold War.

The competition traditionally takes place every four years. This year’s competition was originally scheduled for last year but was postponed due to the pandemic.

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