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2015 Leeds International Piano Competition at Leeds Town Hall - credit Simon Wilkinson


For over 50 years, the Leeds International Piano Competition has discovered some of the finest classical musicians of our time.

Every three years, the world's greatest young pianists descend on Leeds to compete for the prestigious title. Under the artistic leadership of Paul Lewis and Adam Gatehouse, the 2018 Competition will see a host of additions: 

- The Competition will be live streamed on for free-to-view online broadcast, reaching a global audiences of millions

- The First Round of the Competition will kick-off in April 2018, with sessions in Berlin, Singapore and New York, before the best 24 pianists take part in the final rounds in Leeds this September

- An extensive programme of activity will take place in Leeds alongside the Competition, including a Piano Trail across the city centre, piano-inspired public artworks and installations, and a packed schedule of talks, discussions and events as part of our new Piano + series.

Launching 2018 is the first ever Leeds Piano Festival. This will become an annual event, and will see some of the alumni perform alongside some of the brightest international pianistic talent.

The 2018 Festival will take place between 14 and 23 May at both the Howard Assembly Room (Leeds) and the Wigmore Hall, London. Performing this year are Alessio Bax, Sunwook Kim, and Lars Vogt.

This year's festival also welcomes three Scholars from the Lang Lang International Music Foundation. These pianists have been chosen by Lang Lang (Leeds International Piano Competition's Global Ambassador) for mentoring and international performance opportunities due to their extraordinary talent, and as part their visit to the UK they will perform in both Leeds (19 May) and London (23 May).

For more information, and to buy tickets for the Piano Festival and main Competition, please visit


YST Conservatory, Singapore - a venue for the Leeds International Piano Competition 2018


The Leeds will be taking the Competition to the competitors. The First Round will be held in three cities around the world that are hubs for classical piano teaching and performance: Berlin, Singapore and New York City. All session are open to the public and tickets are free.

3-5 April - Berlin
Joseph-Joachim Concert Hall at the University of the Arts (UdK)

8 April - Singapore
Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music in Singapore

11-12 April
The DiMenna Center Norman S. Benzaquen Hall in New York City 

2015 winner, Anna Tsybuleva  - Leeds International Piano Competition - credit Simon Wilkinson


6-8 September
Second Round at University of Leeds Great Hall

9-11 September
Semi-Finals at University of Leeds Great Hall

14 & 15 September
Finals at Leeds Town Hall

Make sure you don't miss your chance to enjoy this world-class, international event. Book tickets here


14th - 22nd May
Howard Assembly Room, Leeds

16th - 23rd May
Wigmore Hall, London

As part of its programme of expanding activities, the Leeds International Piano Competition is presenting the first of what is to be an annual Leeds Piano Festival, to take place in May 2018 in Leeds and London. It features distinguished past winners and alumni of the competition Lars Vogt, Alessio Bax and Sunwook Kim. There will also be appearances by the brilliant Young Scholars of the Lang Lang International Music Foundation, with which The Leeds has formed an important new strategic partnership. Three of the Scholars, all under the age of 19 and hand-picked by Lang Lang, will come to work in an extensive programme of outreach both in Leeds and London, the latter in collaboration with Wigmore Hall’s Learning programme.

More details, festival programme and tickets can be found on the Leeds International Piano Competiton website


Leeds International Piano Competition - Leeds Town Hall - credit Alex Whitehead