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A star is born every 5 years. At least, it can seem that way if you're a fan of classical pianists. The International Chopin Piano Competition has been held off and on in Warsaw, Poland since 1927. Then in 1955, this prestigious competition stuck to its current 5-year schedule. Since then, many of the winners have included some of the world's best pianists.

Maurizio Pollini in 1960.
Martha Argerich in 1965.
Garrick Ohlsson in 1970.
Krystian Zimermann in 1975.

Even the list of pianists who almost won is impressive - Vladimir Ashkenazy (runner up in 1955), Mitsuko Uchida (runner up in 1970) and Daniil Trifonov (3rd place in 2010).

The most recent winner is Seong-Jin Cho of South Korea, who won the 17th International Chopin Piano Competition last year. Cho will make his Carnegie Hall solo debut on Feb. 22. Between now and then, the 22-year-old pianist is playing a series of solo recitals and concerts with orchestras around the world. On Sunday night, Cho's tour include a stop at the University of Massachusetts Fine Arts Center Concert Hall. There, he performed Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 3 in C Minor, Opus 37, with the outstanding Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra.  Photo by Ken Ross

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