This is something totally unexpected
The world's premier piano competition announces its 2012 schedule, including final conducted by Sir Mark Elder.
The Leeds International Competition has announced the schedule for its 2012 event. The competition, held every three years, will climax with a concerto final in Leeds Town Hall, featuring the Hallé Orchestra conducted by Sir Mark Elder on Friday 14th and Saturday 15th September.
Before the final, though, there is a series of heats beginning on August 29th in the Great Hall at Leeds University. Previously, the competition has been won by such piano superstars as Murray Perahia, Artur Pizarro and the competition's first-ever female winner in 2009, Sofya Gulyak.
The distinguished judging panel includes Dame Fanny Waterman (the competition's chair) alongside representatives from a variety of nations. Christopher Elton, Adam Gatehouse, Pavel Gililov, Robert Levin, Bao Huiquao and others will decide which young pianist will triumph in the career-launching competition.
You can find out more about the competition and how to buy tickets here.