Poland's Tomasz Ritter wins Chopin contest on period pianos

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Tomasz Ritter of Poland has won the world's first Frederic Chopin piano competition performed on instruments from the composer's era.

Japan's Naruhiko Kawaguci and Poland's Aleksandar Swigut both won second place. Third place went to Krzysztof Ksiazek of Poland. Dmitry Ablogin of Russia and France's Antoine de Grolee won honorable mentions.

The announcement Thursday came after each of the six finalists played a Chopin concerto accompanied by the Amsterdam-based Orchestra of the 18th Century.

The winner of the Chopin Competition on Period Instruments collects a 15,000-euro ($17,400) prize as well as concert and recording offers.

The sponsoring National Frederic Chopin Institute and Poland's state Radio and Television want to encourage young pianists to explore the original sound of music written by Poland's best-loved composer.