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Japan, South Korea pianists win global competition in France

Duo hit right chords in Paris meet for promising international musicians

Masaya Kamei, center, of Japan performs in the Long-Thibaud International Competition in Paris on Nov. 13.   © Kyodo

PARIS (Kyodo) -- Japanese and South Korean pianists won first prize at the Long-Thibaud International Competition for up-and-coming classical musicians in Paris on Sunday.

Japanese Masaya Kamei, 20, and South Korean Lee Hyuk, 22, came top among six finalists in the competition, which is partly supported by the French government. Kamei currently studies at the Toho Gakuen School of Music in Tokyo.

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