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Meet Bruce Xiaoyu Liu, the new grand master of Chopin

Concert pianist credits his parents for never having pushed him too hard

A keen swimmer as a teenager, Liu wanted to become either a professional athlete or a pianist. Deciding that swimmers have much shorter careers, with a higher risk of injury, he opted for music. "The older you get, the better it is," Liu said of playing the piano.   © Reuters

NEW YORK -- On a late autumn evening in Warsaw last month, the birthplace of Frederic Chopin and home to the international piano competition in his honor, Bruce Xiaoyu Liu wowed the audience with his smooth and tender performance of the Polish composer's "Concerto in E Minor, op. 11."

It was the final round of the 18th International Frederic Chopin Piano Competition, and Liu, on stage facing his grand piano, sat listening to the orchestra feeling rather relaxed.

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