Korean pianists are so nice about each other – SlippediscSlippedisc

norman lebrecht

December 09, 2022

Unlike Lang Lang and his fellow-Chinese, the leading South Korean pianists take pride in the success of others.

This is Seong-Jin Cho, winner of the 2015 Chopin competition, taling about Yunchan Lim, the latest Cliburn winner:
‘We haven’t met yet, but I am so proud of Yunchan. Of course, I am rooting for him! And I’m so pleased that Korean musicians are now recognized in the world – not only pianists, but so many others, like Inmo Yang, winner of the 2022 Sibelius violin competition, and Hayoung Choi, the cellist who won the 2022 Queen Elisabeth competition. It was, of course, a privilege and an honor to win the Chopin, but that is a third of your life. But yes, I’m really proud, and I’m really rooting for Yunchan!’

From a new interview with Elijah Ho, here.


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