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Leeds International Piano Competition (About the competition)

About the competition

The Leeds International Piano Competition is one of the world’s foremost music competitions. Since the first edition in 1963, '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 founders were three friends - Dame Fanny Waterman, Marion Thorpe Countess of Harewood and Rosalyn Lyons - who attracted young musicians to Leeds by the opportunities offered by an outstanding prize package, the challenge of demanding repertoire, a stellar jury, and the very warmest welcome from the people of Yorkshire. 

In bold defiance of the pandemic, this year’s International First Round reached 17 venues around the globe and The Leeds will be the first major European competition to bring its live audiences back. Online, viewers around the world can experience The Competition in HD sound through medici.tv, which attracted over 1 million views across more than 190 countries during our 2018 Edition.

Click here to learn more about the Leeds