First Round
April 2018 (Berlin, New York, Singapore)
Second Round, Semi-Finals, Final
6 - 15 September 2018 (Leeds)


Under the artistic leadership of Paul Lewis CBE and Adam Gatehouse, our 2018 Competition will see 'The Leeds' revitalised for the next generation of world-class musicians.


At the heart of their new plans is a desire to ensure that The Leeds builds on its position as among the most coveted prizes in the piano world:


  • New-concept portfolio prize offering winners unprecedented long-term career opportunities, including new partnerships with Askonas Holt; an enhanced partnership with BBC Radio 3 that offers concert and recording possibilities; a debut recording, and engagements with leading promoters and venues


  • International first rounds in Berlin, New York and Singapore in April 2018


  • The BBC to cover the Semi-finals and Finals with more details to be announced in due course.


  • to stream all the rounds internationally


  • Creation of enriched programme of events and activities in Leeds for audiences and participants, including a new chamber music element in the semi-final


  • An international and performer-led jury, chaired by Paul Lewis CBE


  • New partnerships with London’s Wigmore Hall and Southbank Centre for a new Leeds Piano Festival, and with Royal Liverpool Philharmonic for a Concerto engagement with Vasily Petrenko


  • Consolidation of existing partnerships with BBC television and radio, The HallĂ©, Leeds City Council, Leeds University and Steinway with broadcasts and events to be announced


  • Personal mentoring programme with Paul Lewis and other international pianists


More details to be announced soon.

You can watch Paul and Adam's introduction to the 2018 Competition below:

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