The 1987 Competition
  1. Vladimir Ovchinnikov (Russian Federation)

  2. Ian Munro (Australia)

  3. Noriko Ogawa (Japan)

  4. Boris Berezovsky (Russian Federation)

  5. Hugh Tinney (Ireland)

  6. Marcantonio Barone (United States)

  • Chairman: Dame Fanny Waterman DBE

  • Yury Boukoff

  • Rudolf Fischer

  • Noel Flores

  • Konstantin Ganev

  • Karl-Heinz Kämmerling

  • John Lill

  • Tatiana Nikolaeva

  • György Sándor

  • Takahiro Sonoda

  • Joaquín Soriano

  • Halina Czerny-Stefanska

  • Gordon Stewart

  • Arie Vardi

  • Lev Vlasenko

  • First Stage

    Competitors must choose one work from Group 1, one from Group 2, and two - not more than one by any composer - from Group 3:

    Group 1

    Haydn: Sonata in E flat, Hob. XVI No. 52

    Sonata in C, Hob. XVI No. 50

    Sonata in E flat, Hob. XVI No. 52

    Clementi: Sonata in F sharp min, Op. 26 No. 2

    Mozart: Sonata in F, K. 332

    Sonata in B flat, K. 570

    Sonata in D, K. 576

    Beethoven: Sonata in C, Op. 2 No. 3

    Sonata in E flat, Op. 7

    Sonata in D, Op. 10 No. 3

    Sonata in F, Op. 54

    Group 2

    Chopin: Ballade No. 1 in G min, Op. 23

    Ballade No. 2 in F, Op. 38

    Ballade No. 3 in A flat, Op. 47

    Scherzo No. 2 in B flat min, Op. 31

    Scherzo No. 3 in C sharp min, Op. 39

    Scherzo No. 4 in E, Op. 54

    Group 3

    Chopin: Any etude from Op. 10 or Op. 25

    Liszt: Transcendental Studies, Nos. 2, 5, 8, 10 or 12 or Paganini Studies, Nos. 2, 3 or 5

    Bartók: Any study

    Debussy: Any etude

  • Second Stage

    Competitors must choose one work from each group:

    Group 1

    Bach: Partita No. 6 in E min

    Beethoven: Sonata in C, Op. 53 (‘Waldstein’)

    Sonata in F min, Op. 57 (‘Appassionata’)

    Sonata in A flat, Op. 110

    Sonata in C min, Op. 111

    Schubert: Sonata in E flat, Op. 122

    ‘Wanderer’ Fantasy in C, Op. 15

    Schumann: Davidsbündlertänze,Op. 6

    Sonata in F sharp min, Op. 11

    Liszt: Sonata in B min

    Brahms: Variations and Fugue on a theme of Handel, Op.24

    Franck: Prélude, Choral et Fugue

    Ravel: Gaspard de la nuit

    Group 2

    Bartók: Sonata (1926)

    Copland: Variations (1930)

    Falla: Fantasia Baetica

    Rachmaninoff: Variations on a theme of Corelli, Op. 42

    Stravinsky: Sonata (1924)

    Tippett: Sonata No. 2

    Webern: Variations,Op. 27

  • Semi Final

    A recital programme of the competitor’s own choice lasting Approximately 45 minutes. The competitor must not repeat a piece previously played by him or her in the Competition. Competitors must choose one of the following sonatas for violin and piano, to be played with Erich Gruenberg:


    Sonata in E flat, K. 380


    3 Sonata in A, Op. 47 (Kreutzer)


    Sonata in D min, Op. 108


    Sonata in A

  • Final Stage

    Each of the six finalists will play one of the following concertos with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Sir Edward Downes:


    No.3 in C min, Op. 37

    No.4 in G, Op. 58

    No.5 in E flat, Op. 73


    A min, Op. 54


    No.1 in G min, Op. 25


    No.1 in E min, Op. 11


    No.1 in D min, Op. 15


    No.3 in D min Op. 30

Career Highlights
  • Vladimir Ovchinnikov
    Vladimir Ovchinnikov (Russian Federation) - 1st Prize

    In 2005, Vladimir Ovchinnikov received Russia’s highest award and honor for musicians: the National Artist of Russia, awarded by Russian president, Vladimir Putin. The only pianist ever to win the top prizes at both the International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow (1982) and the Leeds International Piano Competition (1987), Mr. Ovchinnikov is also a laureate of the Concours International de Montréal (1980).

    It was his success in Leeds that established his international career, beginning with a triumphant debut performance in London in the presence of Her Majesty the Queen.

  • Ian Munro
    Ian Munro (Australia) - 2nd Prize

    Ian Munro has emerged over recent years as one of Australia’s most distinguished and awarded musicians, with a career that has taken him to thirty countries in Europe, Asia, North America and Australasia. His second prize at the Leeds International Piano Competition in 1987 established his international profile. A widely experienced chamber musician, Ian joined the acclaimed Australia Ensemble in Sydney in 2000. Ian has recorded CDs for ABC Classics, Hyperion, Cala, Naxos, Marco Polo, Tall Poppies and the UK label Warehouse. During the last few concert seasons Ian has performed concerti by Ravel, Munro, Mozart, Kats-Chernin, Gershwin and Edwards, toured to the UK, Russia, Belgium, Italy, Switzerland, Uzbekistan and throughout Australia and New Zealand in recitals, chamber music and concerto performances.

    Increasingly in demand as a composer, he was Featured Composer for Musica Viva in 2011.

  • Noriko Ogawa
    Noriko Ogawa (Japan) - 3rd Prize

    Since achieving her first great success at Leeds International Piano Competition, Noriko Ogawa has worked with leading orchestras and conductors, such as Dutoit, Vanska, Slatkin and Otaka. Ogawa is also renowned as a recitalist and chamber musician, performing with artists such as Evelyn Glennie. In 2001 Ogawa established a piano duo with Kathryn Stott. Ogawa regularly commissions new works and has performed premieres of works by Fujikura and Kanno. Ogawa has received the Japanese Ministry of Education's Art Prize in recognition of her outstanding contribution to the global cultural profile of Japan. Since 2004 Ogawa has acted as artistic advisor for the MUZA Kawasaki Symphony Hall.

    As a writer, Ogawa has completed her first book (published in Japan) and is currently working on a Japanese translation of Susan Tomes's book Out of Silence - a pianist's yearbook. Ogawa also founded Jamie's Concerts a series for autistic children and parents.

  • Boris Berezovsky
    Boris Berezovsky (Russian Federation) - 4th Prize

    Recent and upcoming engagements include performances with the Russian National Orchestra (Pletnev), Orchestre de Paris and (Boreyko), Les Siècles (Roth), Hong Kong Philharmonic (van Zweden) as well as tours in Asia with the NHK Symphony Orchestra and in Europe with the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin (Sokhiev). He also gives recitals at Royal Festival Hall (London), Théâtre des Champs-Elysées (Paris) and Suntory Hall (Tokyo). Boris Berezovsky has been Artistic Director of Pianoscope Beauvais since 2013.

  • Hugh Tinney
    Hugh Tinney (Ireland) - 5th Prize

    Tinney has performed in more than 30 countries throughout Europe, the USA, South America and the Far East. Festival engagements have taken him across the globe and he has broadcast in more than 15 countries. A prize in the 1987 Leeds Piano Competition earned him a busy career in Great Britain, performing with many major orchestras there including the London Philharmonic, Royal Philharmonic, Philharmonia, Royal Liverpool, Royal Scottish, BBC Welsh, and conductors including Simon Rattle. He has made a major contribution to Irish concert life for nearly 30 years, including multiple recital series and regular concertos with the main Irish orchestras. He has collaborated with the Borodin, Tokyo, RTÉ Vanbrugh and Vogler Quartets, Ensemble Wien, Steven Isserlis, Catherine Leonard, the Chieftains and the late Bernadette Greevy. He has recorded solo, chamber and concerto repertoire for Decca, Naxos, RTÉ lyric fm and several other CD labels.

    From 2000 to 2006 Hugh Tinney was Artistic Director of the Music in Great Irish Houses festival. He has taught at the Royal Irish Academy of Music since 1995 and has been a jury member at several international piano competitions. He was awarded a two-year bursary in 2006 by the Arts Council of Ireland to work on contemporary music, and he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Music by the National University of Ireland in 2007.

  • Marcantonio Barone
    Marcantonio Barone (United States) - 6th Prize

    Barone has performed as soloist with the Saint Louis and Houston Symphony Orchestras, the Moscow Symphony Orchestra, and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, among others. He has collaborated with such eminent conductors as Sir Simon Rattle, Leon Fleisher, Arther Fiedler, and Barry Tuckwell, and has performed in solo recitals at the Metropolitan Museum and at Weill Recital Hall in New York, at the Wigmore Hall in London, and at the Large Hall of the Saint Petersburg Filarmoniya. He performs frequently as a member of the Lenape Chamber Ensemble, 1807 and Friends, Orchestra 2001, and many other groups. He has given the world premiere performances of works by several distinguished composers.

    Barone is on the faculty of the Bryn Mawr Conservatory of Music, where he is head of the piano department.