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Cunmo Yin wins Telekom Beethoven Competition 2019

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  • The places two and three were followed by Yuto Takezawa and Shihyun Lee
  • Tim Höttges: „The Competition was a fitting prelude to the Ludwig van Beethoven Anniversary Celebration 2020”
  • 23 pianists from 10 countries took part in International Telekom Beethoven Competition Bonn
Mayor of Bonn Ashok Sridharan, Pavel Gililov, Shihyun Lee, Cunmo Yin, Yuto Takezawa und Tim Höttges (from left to right).

Enjoy a high-class final: Mayor of Bonn Ashok Sridharan, Pavel Gililov, Shihyun Lee, Cunmo Yin, Yuto Takezawa und Tim Höttges (from left to right). Download (jpg, 2.4 MB)

Cunmo Yin wins the International Telekom Beethoven Competition Bonn 2019. The 26-year-old pianist from China was awarded in front of 1.000 spectators. The places two and three were followed by Yuto Takezawa (Japan) and Shihyun Lee (South Korea). The final took place on December 14th in the sold-out Telekom Forum in Bonn. The Beethoven Orchestra Bonn under the direction of Dirk Kaftan accompanied the finalists. Since December 6th, 23 young pianists from 10 countries have played for the final. Interested parties were able to follow the competition also in a livestream.

Cunmo Yin convinced the jury with his interpretation of Beethovens concert for piano number 3. “I feel very honoured to have won this important prize in Beethoven's native city,” said Cunmo Yin.

Pavel Gililov, president of the jury and artistic director of the competition, underscored the young participants' achievements: "Spreading Beethoven's music throughout the world and inspiring people with enthusiasm for it is the core task of our truly international competition. This is demonstrated not least by our prizewinners. They come from China, Japan and South Korea. The fact that the finalists master the European musical language at such a remarkably high level is, among other things, the result of the international efforts of the competition.”

The Chairman of the Organizing Committee and CEO of Deutsche Telekom, Timotheus Höttges, once again emphasizes the importance of the competition: "The Competition was a fitting prelude to the Ludwig van Beethoven Anniversary Celebration 2020. We experienced a truly exciting competition crowned with a high-caliber final. I would like to thank all participants and congratulate the winners on their extraordinary performances. They all are contributing to the preservation of the incomparable beauty and brilliance of Ludwig van Beethoven's oeuvre.”

The three finalists will receive prize money of 30,000 euros, 20,000 euros and 10,000 euros. Yuto Takezawa also received the Audience Award (3,000 Euro) for the best finalist. In addition, the prizewinners will perform as soloists with orchestras worldwide. More than 40 concert engagements in eleven countries have already been announced. In addition, concert tours will lead through South Korea and Germany. Further information on the competition and participants can be found at www.telekom-beethoven-competition.de.

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