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Leeds International Piano Competition 2024

University of Leeds & St.Georges Hall, Bradford, UK
11 – 21 Sep 2024

The stage is set, the keys are polished and cameras are poised – the Leeds International Piano Competition is back with a resounding flourish in 2024!

Watch our pianists compete for the chance to join the legendary Leeds lineage of prize-winners – Radu Lupu, Murray Perahia, Mitsuko Uchida, András Schiff, Lars Vogt, Sunwook Kim, and more recently Anna Tsybuleva, Eric Lu and Alim Beisembayev.
Applications for the 2024 Competition have now CLOSED!

The Leeds International Piano Competition has launched the careers of some of the greatest pianists of our time.

A transformative prize package includes worldwide management with Askonas Holt, a debut recording with Warner Classics, recitals at prestigious UK venues like Wigmore Hall and Snape Maltings, and European and East Asian tours in association with the Steinway Prize-winner Concert Network. Moreover, it offers broadcast opportunities with the BBC and an extensive range of national and international engagements with prominent promoters and orchestras, including the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. 

Dates and Locations
Applications Close 31 Oct 23

Online application form

International First Round 02 – 07 Apr 24

Paris

Berlin

Vienna

New York

Beijing

Seoul

Second Round 11 – 13 Sep 24

The Great Hall, University of Leeds, Leeds, UK

Semi-Finals 15 – 17 Sep 24

The Great Hall, University of Leeds, Leeds, UK

Concerto Finals 20 – 21 Sep 24

St George’s Hall, Bradford, UK

2024 Competitors

Prizes & Incentives

The Leeds offers transformative prize packages, includes worldwide management, a debut recording, recitals at prestigious international venues, and broadcast opportunities.

First Prize & The Dame Fanny Waterman Gold Medal
£30,000

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Second Prize & The Marion Thorpe Silver Medal
£18,000

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Third Prize & The Lady Roslyn Lyons Bronze Medal
£12,000

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Fourth Prize
£6,000

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Fifth Prize
£6,000

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Alexandra Dariescu Award

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Yaltah Menuhin Award
£3,000

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Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Society Award

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Medici.TV Audience Prize

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Henle Urtext Prize

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Semi-finalist Awards
£2,400

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Building your career

What makes Leeds really different is how we offer all pianists remarkable career-enhancing possibilities through our Competitor+ programme.

Help with applying

Our Competitor Director, Linda Wellings and her team offer support from the start of your application.

International coverage

The Leeds International Piano Competition offers an unparalleled platform for pianists to shine with an audience of millions through Medici.TV, BBC, and YouTube.

We take care of you
Yorkshire is a fantastically warm and welcoming place where you will be received by an enthusiastic audience and make friends for life. You will be hosted on the friendly campus at the University of Leeds, one of the world’s top universities, where our professional team will ensure you have everything you need. Throughout the competition, we ensure you have access to Steinway pianos for your practice, as well as our outstanding concert pianos personally cared for by our Steinway & Sons technician, Ulrich Gerhartz.
Eligibility
The Leeds International Piano Competition is open to pianists of all nationalities born on or between 22nd September 1994 and 2nd April 2004. All applications must include references which support their readiness for a professional career as a pianist and specifically recommend the Applicant for The Leeds. Prize-winners of previous editions of The Leeds are not eligible to compete.

Now for the important bits

Full information on the competition can be found on the links below. If you have any questions, please contact Linda Wellings, Competitor Director at [email protected]

Rules & Regulations
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Repertoire
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Jury Process
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Jury

Adam Gatehouse
Adam Gatehouse Artistic Director
Dame Imogen Cooper
Dame Imogen Cooper Jury Chair
Eleanor Alberga
Eleanor Alberga
Ingrid Fliter
Ingrid Fliter
Mariam Batsashvili
Mariam Batsashvili
Pavel Kolesnikov
Pavel Kolesnikov
Sa Chen
Sa Chen
Till Fellner
Till Fellner
Adrian Brendel
Adrian Brendel Cello

Collaborative Artists

Domingo Hindoyan
Domingo Hindoyan Conductor
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra Orchestra
Kaleidoscope Chamber Collective
Kaleidoscope Chamber Collective
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