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Prizes & Engagements

The Competition has a rightly deserved reputation for engendering lifelong friendships and affection for Leeds and Yorkshire among the competitors. For the winner and other finalists, the world-beating 2018 prize package can be a life-changing experience.

First Prize:


The Dame Fanny Waterman Gold Medal + an appearance with Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra under Vasiliy Petrenko, 20 September 2018

Second Prize:


Third Prize:


Non-prize winning finalists:

£5,000 each

Non-prize winning semi-finalists:

£2,000 each

Terence Judd Hallé Orchestra Prize: £5,500, three paid engagements with the Hallé orchestra and an invitation to perform in the Manchester Midday Concerts series at the Bridgewater Hall

Yaltah Menuhin Award: £3,000, presented to the pianist who demonstrates the greatest collaborative and empathetic qualities in the chamber performance of the semi-final

Friends of The Leeds: £1,000 to each of the second round participants who do not progress to the semi-finals

Management for one of the prize winners with Askonas Holt

Recording and Concert opportunities with BBC Radio 3

Mentoring from Paul Lewis and other Jury members

Solo CD recording opportunity with a leading record label

Solo recitals for the three prize winners at Wigmore Hall in December 2019

Solo recitals for the second and third prize winners at the Concert Room, St George’s Hall Liverpool on 17 and 18 September 2018

Concerto appearance with the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra

Solo recitals at the Southbank Centre in London in 2020

Steinway Prize-winner Concerts network in Europe and South Korea in 2019

Participation in the Leeds International Piano Competition’s Learning and Engagement programme

Extensive programme of recital engagements in Yorkshire and at other UK venues