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Japanese cellist of outstanding artistry wins Geneva competition

25-year-old Michiaki Ueno became first Japanese to get cello award

Michiaki Ueno of Japan performs on his way to winning the top prize in the cello division of the Geneva International Music Competition on Oct. 28.   © Kyodo

TOKYO -- Japanese cellist Michiaki Ueno, who won first prize in the cello division of the Geneva International Music Competition in late October, has drawn attention since an early age with his outstanding artistry. The 25-year-old has reached the top spot by refining his sensitivity and technique.

The competition was founded in 1939 to find and support talented young musicians. Past winners include world-renowned pianists Friedrich Gulda and Martha Argerich, and oboe player Heinz Holliger. Ueno will accelerate his career as an international cellist by having won first prize at the Geneva contest.

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