By the third stage of this important competition over 90% of competitors selected the CFX. This increased to 100% at the final stage as Yamaha Scholar Eduard Kunz was awarded first prize! This achievement marks a significant milestone for Yamaha in the UK as it is the first time that the CFX and a Yamaha scholar have come together at the highest level. Whilst at the Royal Northern College of Music, Eduard received financial assistance through the Yamaha Music Foundation of Europe Scholarship programme.
The CFX selected by Eduard was the same instrument that recently triumphed in the Chopin Competition at the hands of winner Yulianna Avdeeva.
This year’s competition was particularly significant since it marked 150 years since the birth of Jan Ignacy Pederewski who, as well as being one of the world’s greatest pianists, served as Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Polish Republic in 1919.
The event also provides valuable additional exposure for the CFX to the world’s top artists and academics. The jury at the Paderewski Competition is made up of some of the world’s most respected and accomplished concert pianists. It is chaired by Piotr Palezny and includes Japan’s Noriko Ogawa who has recently performed at Yamaha’s prestigious International Piano Series in Malvern.
Mike Ketley, commenting on this most recent CFX triumph, said, “The CFX is now really building up an exceptional reputation amongst the world’s elite artists and academics. We are particularly thrilled that we had two Yamaha successes at the Paderewski and congratulate Yamaha Scholarship winner Eduard Kunz on his fantastic achievement.”
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