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Japanese pianist wins 2nd prize in prestigious Brahms competition

Hiroyuki Kawashiri (Photo courtesy of Kawashiri) (Kyodo)

VIENNA (Kyodo) -- Japan's Hiroyuki Kawashiri won second prize in the piano category of the annual International Johannes Brahms Competition held Saturday in Portschach, Austria.

Kawashiri, a 20-year-old sophomore at the Tokyo University of the Arts, said he is honored to have won second place in a contest named after Brahms, his favorite composer and pianist.

On Friday, compatriot Maine Nishiyama won second prize in the violin category of the same contest.

The Johannes Brahms Competition is one of the most prestigious music contests in Europe and is this year marking its 25th anniversary.

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