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Mao Fujita, 20, tied for second place in the piano category of the 16th International Tchaikovsky Competition on Thursday, together with Russia’s Dmitriy Shishkin, while top honors went to Alexandre Kantorow of France.

Fujita, a Tokyo native who has performed at home and abroad, was among seven pianists to reach the finals of the quadrennial event, which began June 17 and was held in St. Petersburg, Russia, and Moscow.

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