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Artistic Director of the Leeds International Piano Competition, Paul Lewis performs at The Venue

Recently appointed Artistic Director of the prestigious Leeds International Piano Competition, Paul Lewis performs at The Venue, Leeds College of Music on Tuesday 10 November as part of The Sonata: Leeds International Chamber Season 2015/16.

In this second performance in the series of six concerts all taking place on Tuesday nights at The Venue, Paul Lewis, curator of the series, performs a programme devoted entirely to Beethoven. Paul Lewis performs Beethoven’s final three piano sonatas No 30, No 31 and No 32 which he describes as having “the ability to astonish, unsettle, and move us in the most powerfully heartfelt way”. Paul says that these piano sonatas are “undeniably one of the great peaks of the entire piano repertoire” composed by “the great innovator and master of the sonata”.

Paul Lewis is internationally regarded as one of the leading musicians of his generation. His recent cycles of core piano works by Beethoven and Schubert have received unanimous critical and public acclaim worldwide, and consolidated his reputation as one of the world’s foremost interpreters of the central European classical repertoire. His numerous awards have included the Royal Philharmonic Society’s Instrumentalist of the Year, two Edison awards, three Gramophone awards and the South Bank Show Classical Music award. In 2009 he was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Southampton. He performs regularly as soloist with the world’s great orchestras and is also a frequent guest at the world’s most prestigious festivals, including the BBC Proms where in 2010 he became the first pianist to perform a complete Beethoven piano concerto cycle in one season.

Curated by Paul Lewis, Leeds International Chamber Season series 2015/16 focuses on the history of the sonata. Highlights of the season include versatile musicians Adrian Brendel (cello) and Tim Horton (piano) performing traditional sonatas by Bach and Brahms with more modern works by Crumb and Boulez (8 Dec). Highly regarded pianist Alasdair Beatson performs sonatas from Schubert to Janáček (23 Feb). The season concludes with a performance of Ravel’s Sonata for Violin and Cello (22 Mar) performed by one of the great violinists of our time, Antje Weithaas and one of Norway's most sought after and admired cellists, Bjørg Lewis.

Paul Lewis Artistic Director of Leeds International Chamber Season 2015/16, said:
“I was delighted to be asked to put together this series of concerts surveying the history of the sonata. It would be no exaggeration to describe the sonata as the most important and familiar large scale form in western classical music.”

Tickets for Paul Lewis and the other concerts as part of The Sonata: Leeds International Chamber Season 2015/16 are priced at £19.50 and £17.50 (concessions available) and can be purchased from the City Centre Box Office on 0113 224 3801 or book online at