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Leeds International Piano Competition 2021

Plans for the 2021 Leeds International Piano Competition are rapidly taking shape and I am delighted that we are able to announce the internationally renowned pianist Imogen Cooper as the Chair of our Jury.

We are also thrilled that the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra will be playing for the finals under the baton of their Principal Guest Conductor Andrew Manze. This marks the beginning of a new and exciting partnership between Liverpool Philharmonic and The Leeds which will be far-reaching for both our organisations.

Full details will be released on 1st June – please subscribe to our mailing list to be notified of all Competition announcements. – Adam GatehouseArtistic Director

Applications Open: 1st June 2020

Applications Close: 31st October 2020

First Round BERLIN | SINGAPORE | NEW YORK: April 2021

Second Round, Semi-Finals and Finals LEEDS: 8-18 September 2021

The Leeds is one of the world’s foremost music competitions. Since the first Competition in 1963, it has attracted the world’s finest young pianists, drawn by the opportunities offered by the outstanding prize package, the challenge of demanding repertoire, a stellar jury – and a warm welcome from the City of Leeds.

A bold new vision, launched in 2016 by Co-Artistic Directors Paul Lewis and Adam Gatehouse, has seen The Leeds International Piano Competition spread its wings in 2018. Internationally, First Rounds were held in Berlin, New York and Singapore. And for the first time the whole Competition has been streamed online through medici.tv, drawing over 1 million views across some 180 countries and territories.

Locally, the first annual Leeds Piano Festival has taken place in Leeds and London and partnerships have been built and strengthened. Our Leeds roots are deepened with Piano+, an imaginative programme of city-wide activity, and our year-round Learning & Engagement work.

The Leeds is led by Adam Gatehouse, who became sole Artistic Director in 2019, and is honoured to have the support of Murray Perahia as Patron and Lang Lang as Global Ambassador.

Click HERE to apply.

  • Application Deadline Date: October 31, 2020


September 8 - 18, 2021


All Day

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  • Application Deadline Date: October 31, 2020
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