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Piano Competition Prize to Be Named After Aung San Suu Kyi

The Guardian's blog "The Northerner" reports that Burmese political opposition leader, Nobel Peace Prize laureate and amateur pianist Aung San Suu Kyi, will serve in August and September as honorary ambassador for the Leeds International Piano Competition, which will name its highest prize after her. Suu Kyi is no stranger to the piano which, reportedly, she often played to take out her aggressions during her 15 years of house arrest. The Guardian quoted British Prime Minister David Cameron on Suu Kyi's appearance at the competition, referring to the politician with the Burmese honorific title "Daw," meaning "Aunt:"

Aung San Suu Kyi's appreciation of piano playing is well known. So it is fantastic that the competition has made this tribute to Daw Aung San Suu Kyi. And it is a fitting way to end her brilliant and historic visit to Britain.

Last week, Suu Kyi became the second woman in history - the first was Britain's Queen Elizabeth II - to address both of Britain's Houses of Parliament. Read more: Aung San Suu Kyi Signs Up to Leeds International piano Competition (The Guardian)