When told he could be compared to a youthful Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, an ordinary artist would modestly deny it. But Ji-yong, 21 and for a decade now one of the most interesting pianists of his generation, simply shrugged it off. Because he is anything but ordinary.
The comparison was not to Mozart the composer, but Mozart the pianist. From the age of six, travelling round the European royal houses, Mozart had a passion, not only for performing but also stylish clothes, dancing, and living with undisguised joy.
And Ji-yong? Born 8,000km from Mozart's Salzburg, in Seoul, South Korea, he showed his astonishing ability at the age of six, travelled to the US and won top prize at the New York Philharmonic Orchestra's Young Artist Competition _ at just 10 years old, he was the youngest pianist ever awarded that prestigious prize.
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