...The Leeds



The Leeds is one of the world’s foremost music competitions


A new vision for 2018 sees The Leeds spread its wings. Internationally, First Rounds were held in Berlin, New York, and Singapore, while locally, the first annual Leeds Piano Festival has taken place and partnerships have been built and strengthened.

Since the first Competition in 1963, it has attracted the world’s finest young pianists, drawn by the opportunities offered by the outstanding prize package, the challenge of demanding repertoire, a stellar jury – and a warm welcome from the City of Leeds.

Our Leeds roots are deepened with Piano +, an imaginative programme of city-wide activity, and our year-round Learning & Engagement work.

The Leeds is led by Paul Lewis CBE and Adam Gatehouse as Co-Artistic Directors, and honoured to have the support of Murray Perahia as Patron and Lang Lang as Global Ambassador.


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Paul Lewis CBE |

Artistic Director


Adam Gatehouse

Adam Gatehouse |

Artistic Director


Murray Perahia

Murray Perahia KBE | 

Patron


In the more than 40 years he has been performing on the concert stage, American pianist Murray Perahia has become one of the most sought-after and cherished pianists of our time, performing in all of the major international music centers and with every leading orchestra. He is the Principal Guest Conductor of the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, with whom he has toured as conductor and pianist throughout the United States, Europe, Japan, and South East Asia.

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Lang Lang |

Global Ambassador


Very few artists can claim to have the same profound impact on the world of music as Lang Lang has had. As a pianist, educator and philanthropist, as well as an influential ambassador for the arts, Lang Lang has fully embraced new technology and innovation, leading the way in bringing classical music into the 21st century. Equally happy playing for billions of viewers at the 2008 Olympic Opening Ceremony in Beijing or just for a few hundred children in the public schools, Lang Lang is a master of communicating through music. Gifted with unique artistic and communicative skills, Lang Lang unites excellence and accessibility unlike anyone else and builds bridges between Eastern and Western culture.

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