FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM/AP) — South Korea’s Yekwon Sunwoo won the 15th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition — one of the top showcases for the world’s best pianists.
The 28-year-old Sunwoo emerged from 30 competitors to claim the $50,000 award and a gold medal Saturday in the competition held every four years in Fort Worth, where Cliburn lived. The contest was founded in the famed pianist’s honor in 1962. He died in 2013.READ MORE: Fight Between Brothers Ends With 1 Shot, Critically Injured And 1 Arrested In Alvarado Friday Night
Sunwoo is the first South Korean to win.READ MORE: 'I'm Afraid We're Going To See A Surge Of Violence' Says Texas Criminologist Following Recent Mass Shootings
The competition began May 25 with pianists from 12 countries and Hong Kong playing at the Bass Performance Hall. In the finals round, each of six finalists performed with a string quartet and then with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra.MORE NEWS: Texas Grand Jury To Consider Charges In Shooting Death Of Protester Garrett Foster Last Summer
American Kenneth Broberg, a Minneapolis native, won the silver medal. Another American, Daniel Hsu, of San Francisco, finished third.