Leeds International Pianoforte Competition
The Leeds International Piano Competition informally known as The Leeds takes place every three years in Leeds, West Yorkshire, England. It was founded in 1961 by Marion, Countess of Harewood, Fanny Waterman, and Roslyn Lyons. Fanny Waterman is today its Chairman and Artistic Director. The competition was first held in 1963 (there was a four-year gap before the 2000 competition). It takes place in the Great Hall of the University of Leeds and in Leeds Town Hall.
The 16th competition took place 26 August - 13 September 2009. It was the first time that the competition has not housed competitors at Tetley Hall, a residence hall at the University of Leeds which closed in 2006. (For many years, the supervisor of Tetley Hall during the competition was Mrs. Elizabeth Arnold.) The competitors are accompanied by the Halle Orchestra. The 17th competition took place from 29 August - 16 September 2012 and saw the introduction of an Orchestra Prize for one of the six finalists. 2013 marks the 50th Anniversary of the Competition.
- Leeds International Pianoforte Competition official site
- Directory of International Piano Competitions
- 1987 Leeds Piano Competition awards ceremony (Youtube)
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