South Korean pianist Cho Seong Jin wins Chopin competition


South Korean musician Cho Seong Jin won the 17th prestigious International Chopin Piano Competition late Tuesday, the organizers said.

Cho, 21, was tipped early on as the favourite to take home the 30,000 euros (34,000 dollars) and record contract that come with the prize, awarded every five years since 1927.

In addition to the overall prize, Cho won Best Polonaise. In 2008, he won the Chopin competition for young players. He has said that winning the adult prize was a childhood dream.

The Canadian Charles Richard-Hamelin took second place, and was followed in third by Kate Liu of the US.

A total of 78 pianists from 20 countries took part in the three-week competition.