Japan, Korea win piano competition in Hanoi

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Vietnam's first international piano competition ended Monday night in Hanoi with Japanese and South Korean performers winning the top prizes.

Local contestants won three second-prizes and two third-prizes during the nine-day competition.

Kiroki Yukine from Japan came in first place in the 10 to 13 age group, while South Korea's Kim Kyung Hoon earned the first prize for the 18-25 group.

There was no first place winner in the 14-17 year old group.

Speaking at the award ceremony, Deputy Minister of Culture, Arts and Tourism, Le Tien Tho, said the competition was successful and it was an opportunity for young piano talents around the world to meet and exchange their knowledge.

World-renowned pianist Dang Thai Son, the honorary chairman of the competition, granted scholarships worth US$1,000 each to three of the Vietnamese winners   Vu Nguyet Minh, Nguyen Le Binh Anh and Luu Hong Quang.

The competition featured 63 contestants from around the world, including 49 Vietnamese pianists as well as 14 international competitors.

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