New star is born! – Chopin’s Competition 2021.

Bruce (Xiaoyu) Liu, Announces Live Album.

The International Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition started in 1927 and has been held every five years since 1955.

This year, between October 3d and October 21st the best of the best young pianists in the world were competing in Warsaw’s 18 th Chopin’s competition, where new star, Bruce (Xiaoyu) Liu, 24-year-old Montrealer’s talent, was born after winning first prize.

Liu had been getting ready for the competition with Đặng Thái Sơn (Dang Thai Son) help, and there are few people as qualified: Sơn, who lives in Montreal, won first prize at the Chopin Competition in 1980. That was the first time that a top international competition was won by an Asian pianist.
The fact that Liu followed in his teacher’s footsteps is “a historic moment,” because it’s the first time a student of a former winner has taken first prize.JJ Jun Li Bui, of Toronto, was awarded sixth prize. The 17-year-old is also one of Sơn’s students.

The competition was put on hold last year due to the pandemic, and that extra year of practice led to some stellar performances.
Throughout the pandemic, Sơn has been staying home, working remotely with most students. His only exception was Liu, whom he met in person for lessons.

The winner

After winning the competition, Liu told The Associated Press that he sees the victory as a:

“Huge responsibility to continue being in this shape, that I have and to be able to constantly keep finding freshness despite all this noisy world.” Bruce (Xiaoyu) Liu, pianist.

Not frequently the winner of such a prestigious competition has this course of career: The pianist was born in Paris to Chinese parents who are now divorced. He moved to Canada at the age of four with his father, started piano lessons at the age of eight, which is very late in the competitive piano world, and had other hobbies practicing piano a little.Later he won prizes from junior competitions and began taking it more seriously. Regardless, he said, he devotes a lot of time to other passions.

“I’m not a really nerdy guy,” he said. Now, after an intense competition, I’m looking forward to a break. I am happy to be able to sleep and party!”
In reality, he doesn’t have the luxury of collecting himself. A tour connected to the Chopin competition is already underway, with concerts scheduled in Japan, Israel, South Korea and throughout Poland. His win automatically awarded him a two-album deal with the illustrious Deutsche Grammophon label.

At the moment, Mr. Liu is without a manager. Although he has a booking agent in China – he has toured the country previously – he is without representation in Europe or North America. “I have to take a bit of time to negotiate these things,” he said. In days after the competition, Liu announced that Deutsche Grammophon will release an album of his live recordings, made during the various stages of the world’s most prestigious competition for classical musicians, on 19 November 2021.

While he plans to keep Montreal as his North American base, he also anticipates a move to Europe to better take advantage of marketing opportunities and touring schedules abroad.

 

 

Wishing him great success and looking forward to attend his performances in LA! – Russian Academy of Music.

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