Madrid's Guerrero International Piano Competition Announces Winners

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Xiaofeng Wu of China has won the €15,000 first prize at the tenth Guerrero Foundation International Piano Competition.

He played Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 1 with the Radiotelevisi‹n Espaê±ola (RTVE) Symphony Orchestra at Madrid's Teatro Monumental during the June 23 finals.

Wu has a DMA from Texas Christian University and a master's degree from the Shanghai Conservatory of Music; he currently studies at the University of Michigan.

In addition to the cash award, Wu will get to make recordings for both Spanish television and radio, the latter to result in a CD.

The second prize of €6,000 went to Yukiko Akagi of Japan. The €3,000 third prize went to Fernando Cruz Robladillo, who also won the audience prize and the award for the performance of Spanish music; with the former, Cruz will get to give a concert with the RTVE Symphony Orchestra.

The Guerrero Foundation, which also runs guitar and song competitions, was founded in 1982 in honor of the zarzuela composer Jacinto Guerrero, who died in 1951. The triennial piano competition was inaugurated in 1987 and awards concert tours, promotional recordings and a total of €29,000 in prize money.

As in previous years, the finals were broadcast live by the Radio Clšsica service of Spain's national radio network, Radio Nacional de Espaê±a.

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