Charles Richard-Hamelin wins silver at prestigious Chopin Competition
Montreal pianist becomes 1st Canadian to win prize in Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition in Poland
Charles Richard-Hamelin, a 26-year-old pianist from Montreal, won the silver medal and 25,000 euros in prize money at the 17th Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw, Poland.
This makes Richard-Hamelin the first Canadian to take home one of the top prizes at the international competition, which takes place every five years and is considered one of the world's most prestigious competitions for classical pianists.
This 17th edition was open to pianists born between 1985 and 1999.
For Tuesday's final stage, Richard-Hamelin played Chopin's Piano Concerto in F minor Op. 21.
A jury of 17 members announced the winners this afternoon.
Gold went to Seong-Jin Cho of South Korea.
Kate Liu of the United States won bronze.
Another Canadian also made history by making it into the final top 10. Sixteen-year-old Yike (Tony) Yang finished in fifth place, taking home 10,000 euros in prize money.