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Japan pianist Kyohei Sorita aims to make orchestras profitable

27-year-old who studied in Russia, Poland set on nurturing Chopinists in Japan

Kyohei Sorita devised gym workouts to build a body that could produce more beautiful music. At the 18th International Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw on Oct. 18. ⓒWojciech Grzedzinski/Darek Golik (NIFC)

TOKYO -- Kyohei Sorita -- the 27-year-old who this year became the first Japanese since 1970 to finish second at the Chopin Piano Competition -- now wants to play a part in nurturing the first Japanese musician to win the competition.

The Chopinist spent years preparing for the competition. He went to Russia in 2013 to study under Mikhail Voskresensky at the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory. Voskresensky is an apprentice of Lev Oborin, the first-place finisher of the first Chopin Competition, in 1927.

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