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The Leeds will be taking the Competition to the competitors. The First Round will be held in three cities around the world that are hubs for classical piano teaching and performance: Berlin, Singapore and New York City. All session are open to the public and tickets are free. 

3-5 April

Joseph-Joachim Concert Hall at the University of the Arts (UdK) Berlin 

Berlin University of the Arts (UdK) is one of the largest and most diversified universities of the arts in the world. The teaching offered mostly in traditional formats in the four colleges of Fine Arts, Architecture, Media and Design, Music and Performing Arts as well as at the Central Institute for Continued Education/ Berlin Career College encompasses the full spectrum of the arts and related academic studies in more than 70 courses. With the right to confer doctorates and post-doctoral qualifications, Berlin University of the Arts is also one of the few art colleges in Germany with full university status. Teachers in art and music are also educated at Berlin University of the Arts, the only university in Berlin and Brandenburg where these subjects can be studied.

The College of Music follows in the tradition of its highly-respected predecessor institutions, which have provided musical training of the highest standard in Berlin for the past 200 years. It represents a diverse range of music, offering opportunities for specialization as well as encounters with music of all kinds. The range extends from artistic training in orchestral and chamber music, early music and contemporary music, to artistic-educational courses for future teachers, church music, conducting, composition and sound-engineering.

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8 April

Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music in Singapore

Founded in 2003, the Conservatory has quickly established a reputation as the most exciting international conservatory in Asia and one of the most distinctive in the world. With its focus on nurturing excellence and identity, the Conservatory is primarily an undergraduate institution, offering full financial support (fees, accommodation, stipend) for all of its 220 BMus students thanks to the support of the Yong Loo Lin Trust and other donors. Additionally, there are boutique programmes at Masters level, for Continuing Professional Education and for Singapore’s most talented teenagers (the Young Artist Programme). NUS students are also able to access most class activities as elective components of their degree.

To augment its educational offer, YST also hosts an extensive performance calendar with around 200 concerts annually, including a range of international artists and ensembles as well as students and faculty events. There is also a significant community engagement and professional integration programme in Singapore, Asia and across the globe. Additionally, the Conservatory is involved in a range of international networks and partnerships which further enhance the student educational experience as well as ensuring that YST continues to evolve. Students are also supported to find their own pathways into the world, with support available also for exchanges, festivals, projects and competitions.

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11-12 April

The DiMenna Center Norman S. Benzaquen Hall in New York City

Orchestra of St. Luke’s built The DiMenna Center for Classical Music in 2011 as New York City’s only acoustically-optimized rehearsal and recording space dedicated to classical music. It is an unparalleled resource serving the entire musical community—from soloists to symphony orchestras—through affordable, state-of-the-art facilities.

The DiMenna Center has welcomed more than 100,000 visitors, including more than 400 ensembles and artists such as Renée Fleming, Susan Graham, Itzhak Perlman, Emanuel Ax, Joshua Bell, Valery Gergiev, James Taylor, and Sting. Committed to serving the musical community and its Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood, The DiMenna Center hosts hundreds of neighbors, families, and school children each year for free community events.

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