The 2012 Competition
  1. Federico Colli (Italy)

  2. Louis Schwizgebel (Switzerland)

  3. Jiayan Sun (China)

  4. Andrejs Osokins (Latvia)

  5. Andrew Tyson (United States)

  6. Jayson Gillham (Australia)

  • Chairman: Dame Fanny Waterman DBE

  • Christopher Elton

  • Adam Gatehouse

  • Pavel Gililov

  • Bao Huiqiao

  • Daejin Kim

  • Robert Levin

  • Robert McDonald

  • John O'Conor

  • Cristina Ortiz

  • Artur Pizarro

  • Pascal Rogé

  • John Roos

  • Soo Jung Shin

  • First Stage

    Competitors must choose one important work by JS Bach, Mozart, Clementi, Haydn, Beethoven or Weber, together with one or more works of their own choice to make up a programme of not less than 25 minutes (30 minutes maximum) to include breaks between items. A work of about 5 minutes duration should be included, which could be omitted if the administration has to shorten the length of the programme, depending on the number of competitors.

  • Second Stage

    Competitors must choose one major work, or group of works by Schubert, Chopin, Schumann, Mendelssohn, Liszt, Brahms, Mussorgsky, Rachmaninov, Scriabin, Stravinsky, Bartók, Debussy, Ravel, Granados or Albéniz, together with one or more works of their own choice to make a programme of not less than 50 minutes (55 minutes maximum) to include breaks between items. No work previously performed by the competitor in the First Stage may be included.

  • Semi Final

    Compulsory Piece: Britten - Night Piece 'Notturno' for Piano (Composed for the first Leeds International Pianoforte Competition in 1963 by Benjamin Britten. Published by Boosey & Hawkes) The Competitor should perform works of their own choice to make a programme not less than 65 minutes (70 minutes maximum) to include breaks between items. A short intermission of 5 minutes may be taken at this stage. Benjamin Britten's Night Piece 'Notturno' is compulsory and must be included. No work included in either of the previous two stages may be performed in this stage.

  • Final Stage

    One of the following Concertos will be performed, accompanied by the Hallé, conducted by Sir Mark Elder.


    Concerto in E flat major, K. 271

    Concerto in D minor, K. 466

    Concerto in C major, K. 467

    Concerto in C minor, K. 491

    Concerto in C major, K. 503


    Concerto No. 1 in C major, Op. 15

    Concerto No. 2 in B flat major, Op. 19

    Concerto No. 3 in C minor, Op. 37

    Concerto No. 4 in G major, Op. 58

    Concerto No. 5 in E flat major, Op. 73


    Concerto No. 1 in E minor, Op. 11

    Concerto No. 2 in F minor, Op. 21


    Concerto in A minor, Op. 16


    Concerto No. 1 in D minor, Op. 15

    Concerto No. 2 in B flat major, Op. 83


    Concerto No. 1 in F sharp minor, Op. 1

    Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 18

    Concerto No. 3 in D minor, Op. 30

    Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini in A minor, Op. 43


    Concerto No. 1 in E flat major, S. 124

    Concerto No. 2 in A major, S. 125


    Concerto No. 3, Sz. 119


    Concerto in A minor, Op. 54


    Concerto No. 2 in G minor, Op. 16

    Concerto No. 3 in C major, Op. 26

Career Highlights
  • Federico Colli
    Federico Colli (Italy) - 1st Prize

    In the 2013/14 Season, Colli is expected in a Japanese concert tour with Y. Miyagi, at the Herkulessaal in Munich for the Winderstein Konzerte Klassik Vor Acht, at the Konzerthaus in Vienna with the Vienna Chamber Orchestra conducted by J. Hattori, at the Philharmonic Hall in Liverpool with Vasily Petrenko and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, at the Salle Cortot in Paris, at the Teatro Manzoni in Bologna and at the Muziekgebouw in Eindhoven.

    To coincide with his debut at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London for the International Piano Series in April 2014, Colli will be launch a solo CD produced by Champs Hill Records, with works by Beethoven, Scriabin and Mussorgsky.

  • Louis Schwizgebel
    Louis Schwizgebel (Switzerland) - 2nd Prize

    In 2013 Schwizgebel was one of five pianists invited to perform a Beethoven concerto at the Verbier Festival, and he also performed a solo recital at the City of London Festival. Other festival appearances include Bergen International Festival, Progetto Martha Argerich, Menuhin Festival Gstaad, Festival Septembre Musical de Montreux-Vevey, Midem Cannes Festival and Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. In recital Schwizgebel plays in halls such as London’s Wigmore Hall, Munich’s Herkulessaal and at venues across Switzerland including KKL Lucerne. Schwizgebel records for Aparté and his first solo disc, Poems, which features works by Ravel, Liszt, Holliger and Schubert was released in 2013, and received enthusiastic reviews from Fono Forum and Classica.

  • Jiayan Sun
    Jiayan Sun (China) - 3rd Prize

    Mr. Sun has performed at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center in New York, the National Concert Hall in Dublin and Royal Conservatory’s Koerner Hall in Toronto and frequently performs with the China National Symphony Orchestra. Recently named a Syliff Fellow by the Tokyo Foundation, Mr. Sun has participated in a number of festivals including Aspen Music Festival, PianoTexas, ChamberFest at Juilliard and Pianofest on Long Island. 

  • Andrejs Osokins
    Andrejs Osokins (Latvia) - 4th Prize

    Osokins’ performance diary has included recitals in many high profile recital venues including Wigmore Hall, Westminster Cathedral Hall, Dukes Hall and St-Martin-in-the-Fields in London, Birmingham Symphony Hall, the Great Guild Hall in Riga and Rachmaninov Hall in Moscow. Osokins has had the honour of performing with prestigious orchestras including the Orchestre National de Belgique, conducted by Marin Alsop, the London Philharmonic orchestra, the Latvian National Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Yuri Simonov, the Sinfonietta Riga Orchestra conducted by Normunds Å nÄ“ and Kremerata Baltica Chamber orchestra.

  • Andrew Tyson
    Andrew Tyson (United States) - 5th Prize

    Winning Fifth Prize and the Terence Judd – Hallé Orchestra Prize at the 2012 Leeds International Piano Competition brought three performances of Rachmaninoff’s Concerto No. 2 with the Hallé Orchestra in November 2012, leading to engagements in the 2013-2014 season. This season’s engagements include appearances with the Kansas City Symphony, Colorado Symphony, Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle, the Hilton Head Symphony, and recitals in the St. Stephen’s Concert Series, and at the Falany Performing Arts Center, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, and at the Caramoor Festival. He also tours the UK with the Hallé Orchestra, performing Rachmaninoff’s Paganini Variations in Gateshead, Manchester and Blackburn and Beethoven’s Concerto No. 4 in Leeds.

  • Jayson Gillham
    Jayson Gillham (Australia) - 6th Prize

    2012 was an exciting year for Jayson which also saw him being named Commonwealth Musician of the Year on winning the Royal Over-Seas League’s (ROSL) 60th Annual Music Competition. HRH Princess Alexandra presented Jayson with the Gold Medal at London’s Queen Elizabeth Hall. Jayson performs regularly in Australia, returning each year for recital, concerto, chamber music and festival work. He has appeared as soloist with the Sydney Sinfonia, Southbank Sinfonia (Melbourne), Queensland Symphony Orchestra, West Australian Symphony Orchestra, Willoughby Symphony and Queensland Youth Symphony.

    In March 2014 he will make his debut with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, performing Beethoven’s Second Piano Concerto.