Leeds International Piano Competition announces 68 applicants who will attend first rounds

The Leeds International Piano Competition has today announced the 68 applicants selected to attend the first rounds of the 2018 competition.

This year’s applicants came from 25 countries and represent 38 nationalities, including Australia, Georgia, Malaysia and Syria. 58% of all applicants come from Asia, however 75% of applicants currently live in Europe and North America. Applicants were majority male, with women making up 38% of submissions.

The full press release and the full list of competitors can be found here.

Next year’s competition marks the launch of our partnership with The Leeds. Sharing the competition’s commitment to nurturing new talent and forging exceptional international careers, we are delighted to be offering management to one of the three prize-winners, as part of the competition’s new package that includes performances with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and at the Wigmore Hall alongside recording opportunities with BBC Radio 3.

The jury for 2018 comprises co-Artistic Directors Paul Lewis and Adam Gatehouse, pianists Sa Chen, Imogen Cooper, Simon Trpčeski and Lars Vogt, violinist Henning Kraggerud, Southbank Centre Director of Music Gillian Moore, and composer and pianist Thomas Larcher. The competition’s patron is Murray Perahia.

First rounds will take place in April 2018 at the University of the Arts, Berlin, Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music, Singapore and DiMenna Center, New York, with the second rounds, semi-finals, and finals taking place in Leeds in September 2018, with Edward Gardner conducting the Hallé Orchestra.

Former prize-winners of the competition include Sunwook Kim (first prize 2006), Lars Vogt (second prize 1990) and Murray Perahia (first prize 1972).


Main photo: Leeds Town Hall, where the finals take place © The Jaco via flickr.com (license: CC BY 2.0)

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