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Now the dust has settled, we look back on what was a tremendous two weeks here at The Leeds as we celebrated our 20th Competition and Leeds Piano Trail across the city! It took months of preparation, many meetings and all of our hard-working staff, interns and volunteers to produce our programme events this September, and what a huge success it was!Β 

Second Round

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.

Semi-Finals

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.

 

Finals

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.Β 

“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

The Leeds Piano TrailΒ 

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.

“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