The Leeds International Piano Competition

Since the first edition held in 1963, The Leeds International Piano Competition has become one of the world’s foremost music competitions. ‘The Leeds’ has attracted the world’s finest young pianists and prize-winners include the Competition’s Patron Murray Perahia KBE, Radu Lupu, Mitsuko Uchida, András Schiff, Lars Vogt, Anna Tsybuleva, Federico Colli and Eric Lu.

The Leeds is more than just a Piano Competition. The Leeds Piano Trail, brings the spirit of the competition to every corner of the city centre every three years. These pianos are available to play all year-round and are set to be experienced by over 1.8 million people in 2023 during Leeds’ Year of Culture. The Leeds Piano Trail was awarded a prestigious Royal Philharmonic Society Award in 2023.

The competition’s schools programme, in partnership with Artforms Leeds and the Lang Lang International Music Foundation, plays a central role in engaging local children and young people with the piano, while also providing support for teachers and resources in music education for schools.

Pianist Tony Yike playing piano at the Great Hall at the University of Leeds

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Children playing piano on the Leeds piano trails

Winner of the Leeds International Piano Competition 2021, Alim Beisembayev collecting his award

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