Leeds International Piano Competition

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Leeds International Piano Competition 2021

Leeds International Piano Competition is one of the world’s best-known music competitions, and since its inception in 1963 ‘The Leeds’ has attracted exceptional young pianists from around the globe.

In partnership with world-renowned organisations, performers and ambassadors, the School of Music and the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures is proud to support and celebrate Leeds as a leading destination for music and the arts.

The first round of the competition took place in April 2021, with 22 competitors from 18 different countries shortlisted. The second round, semi-finals and final took place between 8th – 18th September 2021.

As part of the celebrations for the competition, there was a piano trail across the city between 4th – 19th September. This featured art and sculpture, as well as 10 playable pianos in public spaces for members of the community to enjoy. 


Leeds Piano Trail

4-19 September 2021

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"Hey there, I’m Vaiva, Philosophy, Politics and Economics student currently doing a year in industry. This year I have been on an exciting journey of working at The Leeds International Piano Competition as Campaigns Coordinator."