In a sign of appreciation for the competitors’ artistry in performing Chopin’s works, the international jury admitted two more finalists than the regulations foresee.

Twelve pianists from around the world have been admitted to play in the final stage of the 18th edition of the prestigious Frederic Chopin piano competition, reputed for launching world careers for its finalists, AP reports.

In a sign of appreciation for the competitors’ artistry in performing Chopin’s works, the international jury admitted two more finalists than the regulations foresee.

They are Leonora Armellini of Italy; Canada’s J.J. Jun Li Bui and Bruce (Xiaoyu) Liu; Alexander Gadjiev, representing Italy and Slovenia; Martin Garcia Garcia of Spain; Eva Gevorgyan representing Russia and Armenia; Jakub Kuszlik and Kamil Pacholec of Poland; Japan’s Aimi Kobayashi and Kyohei Sorita; China’s Hao Rao; and Hyuk Lee of South Korea.

Between Monday and Wednesday, each will perform one of Chopin’s two piano concertos, with the orchestra, before the audience at the National Philharmonic in Warsaw which is traditionally packed for the concerts.

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