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Taiwanese musician wins Pacific Piano Competition

Yi-Yang Chen (second from right) is acknowledged for his winning performance Saturday night at Gateway Theatre with judges Robin McCabe, Janet Scott-Hoyt and Alvin Chow.  - Trudy Morse photo
Yi-Yang Chen (second from right) is acknowledged for his winning performance Saturday night at Gateway Theatre with judges Robin McCabe, Janet Scott-Hoyt and Alvin Chow.
— image credit: Trudy Morse photo

A New York music student captured first place honours Saturday in the 13th Pacific Piano Competition at Gateway Theatre.

Yi-Yang Chen, 20, is a student at Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York.

The native of Taiwan wowed judges Robin McCabe, Janet Scott-Hoyt and Alvin Chow with his work on the piano.

The international competition for young pianists was held over four days in Richmond—the 13th installment of the contest that began in 1995.

This year’s event, which culminated Saturday, drew nearly 40 competitors, ages 19 to 27, from around the world.

For his winning performance, Chen takes home a $5,000 cash prize.

Earning second place, and $2,000, was Adam Zukiewicz, 26, a doctoral music student from University of Toronto.

Naomi Kudo, 23, a graduate student from the Juilliard School, won third place and $800.

Finalist cash prizes were also handed out to Romi Kato (Japan/Moscow), Veselin Ninov (Bulgaria/U.S.) and Devon Joiner (B.C./Juilliard)

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