Two Share Cliburn Prize

Associated Press
Monday, June 8, 2009

FORT WORTH, June 7 -- A blind pianist from Japan and a teenager from China won gold medals Sunday at the 13th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition.

Nobuyuki Tsujii, 20, of Japan and Haochen Zhang, 19, of China shared the top prize, only the second time in the competition's 47-year history that there have been two winners. Tsujii is the first blind pianist to win.

Yeol Eum Son, 23, of South Korea, won the silver medal.

The six finalists will receive three years of concert tours. Each of the top three winners gets $20,000 and will record a CD.

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