The Leeds International Piano Competition returns in September 2018

13 August 2018, 16:05 | Updated: 13 August 2018, 16:56

The Leeds International Piano Competition
The Leeds International Piano Competition. Picture: The Leeds International Piano Competition

By Elizabeth Davis

Discover the great pianists of tomorrow at The Leeds International Piano Competition

Founded in 1963, the Leeds International Piano Competition has been attracting the world’s best young concert pianist to the city for over 50 years, with previous winners and finalists including Murray Perahia, Radu Lupu, and Lars Vogt.

Following first round heats in New York, Singapore and Berlin, 24 talented performers from 16 countries arrive in Leeds this September to compete for one of classical music’s most prestigious titles, and a prize package including £25,000, a recording contract with Warner Classics and their own concert tour.

The University of Leeds plays host to the heats and semi-finals of the competition from 6 to 11 September, with the finals at Leeds Town Hall on 14 and 15 September.

The Leeds International Piano Competition
The Leeds International Piano Competition. Picture: The Leeds International Piano Competition

Book your tickets here and join the competitors on their journey from performing solo in the heats, to playing with the world-renowned Hallé Orchestra in the finals.

Outside of the concert hall, the Leeds Piano Trail – supported by Classic FM and Leeds BID – is bringing 12 pianos to the city centre for everyone to play and enjoy. So expect a few surprises and plenty of impromptu performances on the Piano Trail.

Piano+, a rich programme of masterclasses and talks, is running alongside the Competition this year. Highlights include celebrity pianists Alistair McGowan, Sophie Raworth and Ed Balls discussing their love of the piano with broadcaster Petroc Trelawny in 'The Piano and me'.

Learn more and book your Piano+ tickets at Leeds International Piano Competition website.

The Leeds International Piano Competition logo
The Leeds International Piano Competition logo. Picture: The Leeds International Piano Competition