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Top Young Pianist in China

Tony Yun, Year 8 student at Dulwich College Beijing, has been awarded First Prize in the prestigious CCTV 2014 Piano Competition. Held every three years, the competition attracts a large number of highly talented participants mostly from music conservatories all over China.

Tony competed in the "15 & under professional” category, where all participants underwent several very intense and competitive elimination rounds. All of this was in front of a live TV audience, eleven judges from across China, one from France and one from the UK.

Tony was the youngest of the three finalists who made it through to perform live on national television last week. His final-round piece was Chopin's Piano Concerto No. 1 in E minor (3rd Movement) which he played with the China Philharmonic Orchestra. Tony gave an electrifying performance, full of technical diligence combined with Chopin’s trademark Polish exuberance – and his ability to communicate with the conductor and orchestra was a joy to watch. 

For his amazing achievement, Tony has earned contracts with top orchestras in China: the China Philharmonic and Shanghai Symphony Orchestra. He will also have opportunities to perform in concert halls in Paris and London including Salle Cortot Concert Hall, Paris. 

If you wish to watch the two-hour long final-round performance, please click http://music.cntv.cn/2014/10/10/VIDE1412954663436569.shtml. You can also watch Tony live during the New Year Concert on TV.

We are so proud of you, Tony! Congratulations – what an amazing achievement!

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