Okinawan student wins first-prize in international piano competition’s university division

Okinawan student wins first-prize in international piano competition’s university division

The joyful first-prize winner of the 17th International Chopin Piano Competition in Asia, Keigo Teruya, pictured with his award on January 10 in Haebaru Town.


January 11, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

The 17th International Chopin Piano Competition in Asia took place on January 8 in Yokohama. Keigo Teruya, a 19-year-old freshman student at Okinawa Prefectural University of Arts whose hometown is Nanjo City, Okinawa, won first-prize in the university division. There were 24 competitors in this division. Teruya said enthusiastically that he performed to the best of his ability and feels a sense of accomplishment.

At the competition, Teruya played the Japanese etude Kogarashi and Chopin’s Scherzo no. 4. He was satisfied with how the tune of the piano was suited to the concert hall’s acoustics, saying that this helped him display his talents.
Teruya claimed that he practices piano about five hours a day at his university. He says, “Of course I like Chopin, and I also like German composers like Bach and Beethoven.” In the future he hopes to study abroad.

Even from the time he was a high school student in Haebaru Town, Teruya has won first place in competitions time after time. He was ranked first in a music competition as recently as November last year. On January 23 he will do a free-admission musical showcase titled Chopin at Haebaru Cultural Center.

(English translation by T&CT and Erin Jones)

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