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Russian Wins International Piano Competition

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A young Russian student -- a rising star in the world of piano -- bested 90 pianists from around the world to win the prestigious Honens International Piano Competition in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

The winner was Georgy Tchaidze, 21, a student at the Moscow State Conservatory. According to Honens, he began studying music at the age of 7. As the competition's first laureate, he'll be awarded $35,000, as well as the opportunity to perform in a series of concerts along with the competition's second and third place finishers.

Twenty-seven-year-old Evgeny Starodubtsev, also from Russia, finished second in the competition. Gilles Vonsattel of Switzerland, 28, finished third.

The Honens competition takes place every three years. Over the course of a week, 90 pianists from around the world are whittled down to just five finalists. Those five then perform with an orchestra in the competition's two-day final round.

According to Honen's mission statement, the goal of the competition is to discover "complete artists" for the contemporary music scene.

The story was first reported by Canada's The Globe and Mail.

UPDATE SINCE THIS STORY WAS POSTED: This story has been corrected to reflect that Gilles Vonsattel is a native of Switzerland, not Sweden.