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.
Medici.tv 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 Hallé, 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: