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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, 2018 is seeing a host of exciting innovations for the Competition:

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

- The Competition’s First Round was split into three heats in Berlin, Singapore, and New York. The event, which took place in April 2018, was the first time the Competition was held outside of Leeds.

- 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.

This May also saw the first staging of the inaugural Leeds Piano Festival.

The Festival will become an annual event, celebrating the piano through a range of events, including performances in Leeds and London by top international artists, and education activities to introduce the piano to new audiences of all ages and backgrounds.

The 2018 Festival welcomed back three Competition alumni to perform in Leeds and London – Alessio Bax, Lars Vogt and Sunwook Kim – and brought three exceptionally talented young pianists over to the UK from the Lang Lang International Music Foundation in the USA. The Festival included the spectacular Piano Fantasia at Leeds Town Hall with an attendance of 1,200 school children from Leeds!

For more information, and to buy tickets for 2018 Leeds International Piano Competition, please visit


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 (including chamber music) at University of Leeds Great Hall

14 & 15 September
Concerto Finals with the Hallé orchestra at Leeds Town Hall

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Alongside the main Competition, for the first time in its history is putting together a programme of events designed to engage everyone with the piano – from beginner right the way through to expert!

Piano + will enable everyone to try their hands at the keys through the Piano Trail across the city centre, there’ll be a host of masterclasses, talks and events held at the University of Leeds, and installations in the city centre to look out for.

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


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