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Updated: Oct 25, 2021 By Fang Aiqing China Daily Print
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Chinese-Canadian Bruce Xiaoyu Liu is applauded after winning the 18th International Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw, Poland, on Thursday. [Photo/Agencies]

A popular piano competition concluded in the Polish capital after attracting widespread online commentary. The 18th International Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition that closed in Warsaw on Thursday was livestreamed throughout, indicating young Chinese people's passion for the music.

On the same day, however, Beijing police announced on social media platform Sina Weibo that a 39-year-old man surnamed Li, whom, the public believe to be pianist Li Yundi, has been detained for soliciting a prostitute.

Li won the competition in 2000 and since then it has enjoyed growing popularity in China. It was the first and only time that a Chinese pianist took the crown.

The competition, among the world's most important musical events, is held every five years and is one whose repertoire solely comes from the Polish composer, who, in his 39 years of life through 1810 to 1849, played and wrote music marked with his poetic elegance, patriotism, passion and introversion.

Chinese-Canadian Bruce Xiaoyu Liu, 24, currently studying with former champion, Vietnamese-Canadian Dang Thai Son, one of the competition's 17 jury members, won the competition.

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