15-year-old Seokyoung Hong wins Cliburn International Junior Piano Competition

19 June 2023
By Ellie Palmer
The South Korean (pictured middle) finished ahead of 14-year-old Yufan Wu (left) and 16-year-old Jan Schulmeister (right)


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Seokyoung Hong of South Korea has been announced as the Bernice Gressman Meyerson First Prize winner of the 2023 Cliburn International Junior Piano Competition, walking home with a cash award of $15,000.

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The South Korean performed Rachmaninov's Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini Op 43 in the Final Round on 17 June in Dallas, Texas.

The Shirley Cox McIntyre Second Prize and cash award of $10,000 was awarded to Yifan Wu (14, China), while The Horchow Family Third Prize and a cash award of $5,000 was awarded to Jan Schulmeister (16, Czechia). All three finalists will also go home with an additional $2,500 scholarship each that must be spent toward furthering their musical advancement.

First Prize winner Seokyoung Hong also won the Audience Award, granting him a further $500.


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