Polish Pianist Blechacz Wins Chopin Competition

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Listen: Hear Blechacz Perform Chopin

The prestigious Chopin International Piano Competition only comes around once every five years. It had been three decades since a native of Poland had won, but this year the winner was Rafal Blechacz, a 20-year-old Pole. Blechacz swept the awards for best Polonaise, best Mazurka, and best Concerto. We hear him perform four of Chopin's Mazurkas, op. 17.

Rafal Blechacz

Rafal Blechacz, winner of the 2005 Chopin International Piano Competition Dominik Skurzak hide caption

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