Our International First Round has officially wrapped up and we want to congratulate all 62 Competitors for taking part this year in what has been a challenging 12 months for musicians world-wide. Thanks too to all of our partners, venues, colleagues and film crews for the part they played in making it all happen – we couldn’t have done it without them! Now we wait patiently, to find out who will be the 24 Competitors joining us in Leeds this September. Watch out for the announcement on 4th May, but in the meantime – take a look at some highlights from a selection of venues from Beijing to New York, with photos, social media highlights and more. . .
Central Conservatory of Music, Beijing
Five Competitors took to the stage in Beijing at the prestigious Central Conservatory of Music. The Leeds International Development Manager, Linting Ruan, was on the ground in China to give us some exclusive insights into the Competitor experience.
Royal Academy of Music, London
It was blue skies on Marylebone Road as seven competitors made their way to the Royal Academy of Music where performances took place in the award-winning Angela Burgess Recital Hall – a stunning contemporary space at roof-top level in this historic building.
"Once I started playing, I forgot about everything – it was literally just me and the music" @YuanfanYang
— The Leeds (@leedspiano) April 12, 2021
From their artistic development to marketing and PR skills – supporting young musicians in their career is at the heart of everything we do. If you'd like to be involved, you can read about ways to support the Competition here: https://t.co/64OJz1wdEl #LeedsPiano2021 pic.twitter.com/7Jh0W2KQ9o— The Leeds (@leedspiano) April 6, 2021
Our film crews throughout the world are helping to bring this year's International First Round to life, ensuring the safety of all our Competitors on site – and the Jury panel who will be able to watch each performance remotely 🎥🎤🎹💻 #LeedsPiano2021 pic.twitter.com/mwk4ih0DG5— The Leeds (@leedspiano) April 6, 2021
DiMenna Center, New York
Based at the DiMenna Center in Manhattan, our New York venue hosted six Competitors. Our colleague on the ground, Lila Palmer, was there to welcome the competitors and gave us a digital tour of the venue as Competitors arrived.
Hochschule für Musik, Basel
Hosted at the Hochschule für Musik, our Competitors took to the stage at this magnificent venue in Basel. The conservatory was founded by composer Hans Huber in 1905, the first of its kind in the German-speaking part of Switzerland.
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Academia Philharmonicorum, Ljubljana
A last-minute addition to our extensive list of venues due to local lockdowns, the Academia Philharmonicorum in Ljubljana hosted our Slovenia-based Competitor. This glorious concert venue is home to the Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra.