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I’m very happy to have come at the end of another great experience at the Verona International Piano Competition. Extremely proud to share the podium with two amazing pianists: Ruben Micieli who gave an astonishing performance of the Chopin op. 25 Etudes (literally, astonishing!!!), and Jin-Hyeon Lee, with whom I share a passion for the Liszt Sonata (both of us played it in the final round).
Again… piano competitions prove to be such incredible events, where I meet enormously talented pianists, bringing such different and special gifts to our art. The thing that is always obvious to me is the unconditional friendship and spirit of fair-play that all competitors share. I am yet to participate in a competition where people compete fiercely against each other. It always feels as if we are competing against an artistic ideal, and that’s something to be encouraged, I believe, because it then becomes really about bettering ourselves, which after all, should be our life-time aspiration.
Just quickly to clarify the results: the judges briefly explained that, because the rules of the competition do not allow the division of the first prize, Jin-Hyeon and myself were awarded Second Prize ex-aequo.
I also feel really privileged to have had a chance to talk about Liszt’s mighty Sonata with Leslie Howard, a man who dedicated his life to studying Liszt. In fact, I’m really grateful for the entire experience, and above all for the chance to meet such vibrant artists!

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