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Internationally acclaimed pianist YUNDI was propelled onto the international stage when he won first prize at the XIV Chopin International Piano Competition at the age of 18, becoming the youngest and first Chinese winner in the history of the renowned competition. Since then, he has been regarded as a international piano star, also a leading exponent of Chopin's music. On autumn 2014, the Fryderyk Chopin Institute, as the organiser of The International Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition has invited Yundi to be one of the jury of The 17th International Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition in 2015, who is also the youngest juror of the competition. In recognition of his contribution to Polish culture, the Government of Poland presented a Gold Medal for Merit to Culture 'Gloria Artist' to YUNDI in 2010. The New York Times praised his performances "the brilliant young Chinese pianist, has proved a technically astounding pianist who is by turns elegant and rambunctious."