Our Second Round kicked off on the 8 September at the Great Hall, University of Leeds. 22 Competitors performed over three days each with 40 minute programmes of solo piano music.
📹💻WATCH ONLINE Continue to enjoy LIVE coverage of our Second Round performances free to view @medicitv, with more to come at 7pm! https://t.co/DMXs240M55 pic.twitter.com/o1oASXA3Mr— The Leeds (@leedspiano) September 9, 2021
Our Second Round has officially started and we're delighted to be back at the Great Hall @universityofleeds to welcome back our wonderful audience after 3 years! Watch back on @medicitv and join us again for tonight's 7pm session, with more to come on Thursday and Friday! pic.twitter.com/c6bvgwHisu— The Leeds (@leedspiano) September 8, 2021
After a long deliberation from our 9 Jury Members, 10 Competitors were selected to progress through to the Semi-Finals of our Competition to perform a 75 minute programme including contemporary and chamber works.
The Semi-Finals continue today! 🎹 Competitors will be accompanied by the talented chamber musicians @jack_liebeck, Laura van der Heijden and @CastalianQtet. Watch us live on @medicitv -> https://t.co/0tvctF7dk5 🔗 Book tickets for the Finals -> https://t.co/7QmDM5CYT1 🔗 pic.twitter.com/qhcWKiYgsg— The Leeds (@leedspiano) September 13, 2021
Don't forget you can catch up after an exciting night at our Semi-final announcement @medicitv, and if you're in Leeds, why not join us we're back on the streets today and tomorrow with #LeedsPianoTrail2021! Find out more: https://t.co/zCx1Bgsktt pic.twitter.com/8pFhEA29MX— The Leeds (@leedspiano) September 11, 2021
Our 5 Finalists took to the stage at Leeds Town Hall on the 17 & 18 September to a full house, eagerly waiting to hear their concerto performances accompanied by the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, under the baton of Andrew Manze.
“23-year-old Kazakhstan-born Alim Beisembayev was a worthy winner, with a polish and maturity to his playing that marked him among the all-male quintet of finalists.” -The Guardian
#LeedsPiano2021 Tonight's the night!! Our 2021 Prize-winners will be announced after we hear from our 4th and 5th finalists @ArielLanyi and Kaito Kobayashi @LeedsTownHall ! Join us in person or watch from home @medicitv! pic.twitter.com/oeAXgRx22E— The Leeds (@leedspiano) September 18, 2021
What a fabulous night of live music @leedspiano A great achievement to make this amazing event happen pic.twitter.com/HbclFQaZYt— Sharon Canavar (@sharoncanavar) September 17, 2021
The Leeds Piano Trail
As if we didn’t have enough excitement with our Competition events, our #LeedsPianoTrail2021 ran over a two-week-long festival between 4-19 September! The Trail entailed 11 Pianos, 10 sculptures created by our partners at Pianodrome and over 100 events and performances dotted around the city.
Read more about our Pianos, Artists and Sculptures here.
Good morning! The @ClassicFM More Music Breakfast coming to you live from #Leeds to mark the @leedspiano I went on the Leeds Piano Trail yesterday (pics) and met with the wonderful @kathystott Music in honour across the morning. pic.twitter.com/x17NkKEEpJ— Tim Lihoreau (@TimLihoreau) September 16, 2021
Check out the piano action going on around Leeds at the moment. This guy getting the kids singing along w/ nursery rhymes today was having whale of a time as were the kids @leedspiano @LeedsInspired pic.twitter.com/KB8OtLRQv7— BasementArtsPro (@BasementArtsPro) September 11, 2021
“The event raised our spirits and brought us together in solidarity at what is a difficult time in our lives and communities due to the on-going effects of the pandemic.” – Community Group Member
It’s been a fantastic week of @leedspiano action in the city. If you are looking for something to do this weekend, check out the Piano Trail, including the piano sculpture on campus. Get involved with a guide from @LeedsBID:https://t.co/ERt1F5jW7A pic.twitter.com/0QRZLki4eP— University of Leeds (@UniversityLeeds) September 10, 2021
#LeedsPianoTrail2021 is still happening despite the rainy weather! You can find shelter today at multiple events and performances. Check out the Daily Schedule for times and venues -> https://t.co/zCx1Bgsktt pic.twitter.com/Lv1YBXJFr9— The Leeds (@leedspiano) September 10, 2021