Alim Beisembayev | 23, Kazakhstan
First Prize | The Waterman Gold Medal
- Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Society Award for Contemporary Music
- medici.tv Audience Prize
Alim Beisembayev won First Prize at The Leeds International Piano Competition in September 2021, performing Rachmaninov’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and Andrew Manze. He also took home the medici.tv Audience Prize and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Society Prize for contemporary performance, with The Guardian praising him as a “worthy winner” with a “real musical personality”.
Alim begins the 2021/22 season by performing with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and Case Scaglione; recitals at the Wigmore Hall, Southbank Centre, St George’s Bristol will follow, in addition to a tour of Europe, in association with the Steinway Prizewinner Concerts Network, and Korea, with the World Culture Network.
Watch highlights from Alim’s time in Leeds
Warner Classics EP Release
Released less than a week after his win, Alim’s debut EP features features a selection of performances, recorded live during the Competition at Leeds Town Hall and including music by Scarlatti, Ligeti and Ravel.
Available to stream now on Apple Music & Spotify.