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International First Round

The Leeds took the Competition to the competitors. The First Round was held in three cities around the world that are hubs for classical piano teaching and performance: Berlin, Singapore and New York City. Click here to see the competitors that made it to the second round. 

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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Tuesday 3 April

Session 1, 11am – 1pm

Jun Bouterey-Ishido

Aris Alexander Blettenberg

Yurika Kimura

Anton Rosputko


Session 2, 2pm – 5.15pm

Andrzej Wierciński

Alexia Mouza

Mario Häring

Lorenzo Soulés

Fuko Ishi

Tamila Salimdjanova


Session 3, 8pm – 10.15pm

Evelyne Berezovsky

Franck Laurent-Grandpre

Yoonji Kim

Jean-Selim Abdelmoula

Wednesday 4 April

Session 4, 10am – 12.45pm

Salih Can Gevrek

Florian Mitrea

Pavel Zemen

Haruka Izawa

Alberto Ferro


Session 5, 2pm – 5.15pm

Yuanfan Yang

Yui Fushiki

Oleg Akkuratov

Yeon-Min Park

Jakub Kuszlik

Kausikan Rajeshkumar


Session 6, 6.15pm – 9.45pm

Xinyuan Wang

Marina Kan Selvik

Riyad Nicolas

Eunhee Baek

So Hyang In

Hin-Yat Tsang

Thursday 5 April

Session 7, 10am – 12.45pm

Florian Caroubi

Anna Geniushene

Su Yeon Kim

Anna Dmytrenko

Samson Tsoy


Session 8, 2pm – 4pm

Alexey Sychev

Dinara Klinton

Kyuho Han

Jean-Paul Gasparian

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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Sunday 8 April

Session 1, 2pm – 5.30pm

Kseniia Vokhmianina

Rhythmie Wong

Taek Gi Lee

Chao Wang

Hao Zi Yoh

Jinhyung Park


Session 2, 7pm – 10pm

Bowen Li

Yilei Hao

Wei Ting Hsieh

Hee Jun Han

Clarence Lee

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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Wednesday 11 April

Session 1, 1.30pm – 5pm

Jongyun Kim

Scott Cuellar

Siqian Li

Han Chen

Lucas Porter

Yuchong Wu


Session 2, 6.30pm – 10pm

Colton Peltier

Jiuming Shen

Jenny Chen

Alijosa Jurinic

Yutong Sun

Thursday 12 April

Session 3, 1.30pm – 5pm

Aristo Sham

Sarina Zhang

Ziang Xu

Sae Yoon Chon

Chengcheng Yao

Eric Lu