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Jen and I not particularly well-versed in the goings-on of the International piano competition community (Sorry, Moms), so we hadn’t heard of the Hamamatsu International Piano Competition–a prestigious classical piano showdown that occurs every three years in Hamamatsu, Shizuoka, Japan–until we read about its newly-anounted champion today.
South Korea’s Cho Seung-jin took first prize in the 7th Annual competition, a two-week affair that culminated today, making him the first-ever Asian person to nab the top honor (All winners since the contest’s 1991 inception have been European) of the Asia-based tournament.
OH. He’s also 15.
So he’s the youngest-ever winner of the competition. And our Hardass Asian Parents’ wet dream.
Cho typically practices piano for three to four hours a day (six during heavy competition), and what we love about him is that he seems to be both a consummate professional and fun, dreamy, adorably innocent kid.
The Korea Times pulled this excerpt from the judges’ interpretation of his second-round performance, depicting the nuance and wisdom of a veteran:
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People on YouTube may be hating on this adorable little sucker, but I love him.
Hey there, kid. Who needs facial emotions? You emote with your hands, and you’ve invented your own sign language. Keep on keepin’ on!!!
The Village Voice reports the statement off of the Festival website:
“Unexpected delays in the processing and issuance of MIA’s artist visa have forced her to cancel her appearance at this year’s Sasquatch Festival. We apologize to our fans and to the promoters of the festival and look forward to returning to the US as soon as possible.”
A controversial worldwide recording artist can’t get her visa together in time? Delays in processing? Sounds like somebody doesn’t like it when a girl sings about bombs.
Click here to meet: Handomeboy Technique, straight outta Japan.
You will like.
Korean pop star Rain was named as one of People Magazine‘s 50 Most Beautiful this week. Call me uninformed, but having not kept tabs on the supporting acts of Omarion’s and JoJo’s last few national tours, I’d never heard of the guy before today.
They called him “the Korean Justin Timberlake.” EWW. Lame, right? Total Disgrasian, right? Naturally, I made an instant assessment. I didn’t even need proof!
But I wanted it. And I scoured the web for proof. And I watched Rain in action.
And then I realized… RAIN RULES.
The Korean JT? Hell no. He got moves, he be sexy, but the best part is… he’s bringin’ ZealousBack. Earnest, sincere, cute and coordinated–there’s nothing disgraceful about that.
As you may have heard, in yet another display of her mighty swing, Yoko Ono has successfully put the indefinite kibosh on the world premiere of Three Days In the Life–a verite documentary on John Lennon shot two months before the breakup of the Beatles.
Reports on the film include John commenting on his lady love: “As usual, she doesn’t know what we’re talking about,” and “She was an old hag before I met her.” Oh John, how we jest!
As if a lifetime of good works, peaceful dealings and world betterment aren’t enough, Yoko continues to give and give and give–watching like a hawk over Lennon’s image (unless of course, she’s given a chunk off the backend), making sure the world’s wounds of losing history’s greatest band to the neuroses of a Japanese stalker are still properly salted thirty-seven years after the fact, and singlehandedly keeping the legal industry on the up and up.
Somebody give this woman a stamp already!
To DJ Steve Aoki aka Kid Millionaire aka DIM MAK Man:
Thanks for releasing that Bloc Party record. Despite my incredible resistance, I love it. Also, I’ve seen you spin. You’re talented. You’re hailed around LA as a pretty fun and nice guy. And you know what, your sister is quite lovely. By all standards, you’ve got a pretty good thing going.
Just a few questions.
You should be ashamed of yourself.