The Leeds International Piano Competition is undoubtedly one of the most prominent events of the industry with a rich history. It uniquely offers distinctive opportunities including artist management, recording opportunities and mentorships. What makes it stand out this year, is its evolution – for the first time, its first rounds are taking place internationally in Berlin, Singapore and New York.
The first round of The Leeds International Piano Competition was held in Singapore at the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory Concert Hall on 8 April 2018. This year’s participants span across 28 nationalities, with an average age of 25 years old. The pieces performed during the first round are from the post 1800s and 20th century classical music.
“The Conservatory has been one of the main contributors to the classical music calendar in Singapore, bringing over 200 events each year to the public. An even richer breadth of events now take place in Singapore through emerging new ensembles and concert series. While our performance venues act as a crucible for events, we hope our musicians will continue to challenge the boundaries of the performance platform and present music in new light. YST Conservatory is delighted to be partnering with the Leeds Competition in this evolution of competitions and musicianship. ” — YST Conservatory
Close to 400 people attended the event spanning across 2 sessions. Industry veterans and supporters indulged themselves in the moving performances and witnessed the artistry that the participants displayed. Amongst the audience, it was wonderful to see so many young aspiring musicians in attendance. The event helps young performers to learn and see firsthand the composure and charisma that comes with being a seasoned pianist and performer.
We interviewed a few audience members after the event, and received positive feedbacks and overwhelming support towards the event. Comments included:
“I am impressed by the execution by these aspiring pianists.”
“We were touched by the pianists’ passion and we wish the best to all of them.”
“This is our first time attending a piano competition at an international standard. We were impressed by the participants and look forward to the finals on live streaming this September.”
The next Leeds International Piano Competition First Round will be held on 11 and 12 April 2018 in New York. Competition details can be found here.
It’s not too late to catch up to or re-watch the performances! You can catch the main competition via online streaming available on Medici.tv from August and the finals will be streamed live in September. The Competition will be available for listening on BBC Radio 3 and watching on the BBC.
— Article By Ministry of Piano
For the first time in its history, The Leeds International Piano Competition comes to Singapore for the First Round, hosted by its Venue Partner, the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music. Since its beginnings in 1963, ‘The Leeds’ has discovered the world’s most exciting pianistic talent and has brought the artistry and technical brilliance of young pianists to audiences for more than 50 years. Past winners and finalists include some of the biggest stars of the piano world, including Radu Lupu, Murray Perahia, András Schiff and Mitsuko Uchida to name but a few.
With other First Round heats taking place in New York and Berlin, more than 60 of the world’s most exciting young pianists between the age of 20 and 29 are competing for the chance to win generous cash prizes, a management deal, a debut recording and the opportunity to perform with some of the finest orchestras in the world. This is your chance to witness an incredible few days of music making and hear some of the future stars of the international piano stage.