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What the Chopin Competition tells us about classical music's future

Rich multiplicity of spirit keeps Polish composer's work alive

Montreal pianist Bruce Xiaoyu Liu celebrates after being named winner of the first prize in the 18th Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw on Oct. 21.   © AP

Mari Yoshihara is professor of American studies at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. She is the author of "Musicians from a Different Shore: Asians and Asian Americans in Classical Music" (2007), "Dearest Lenny: Letters from Japan and the Making of the World Maestro" (2019) and a number of publications in Japanese.

I woke up much earlier than usual last Wednesday to watch the last of the final round of the 18th Chopin Piano Competition, broadcast live from Poland to my laptop in Honolulu.

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