The Leeds International Piano Competition has revealed a rich programme of events around the Competition that will provide a much-enhanced experience for audiences in the build up to and during the triennial event, which takes place in Leeds 6-15 September 2018.
With a host of talks, masterclasses, exhibitions, free family events and concerts adding to the Competition, as well as a range of opportunities for the people of Leeds and beyond to get involved, The Leeds, as it is affectionately known, is opening up to the widest possible audience in an unprecedented way.
Piano+, designed to offer a new layer of entertainment and insight to music lovers and Competition audiences, includes masterclasses, talks and insight events with the world-famous pianists of the distinguished Competition Jury, such as Paul Lewis,Lars Vogt and Imogen Cooper. There will also be conversations and events with other eminent musicians and piano-loving celebrities, including Alfred Brendel, Ed Balls and Alistair McGowan.
All Piano+ events are hosted by the Leeds International Piano Competition’s principal partner, the University of Leeds. The University’s beautifully restored Clothworkers Centenary Concert Hall will host the numerous masterclasses, talks and conversations, while its Treasures of the Brotherton gallery is the venue for an exhibition of remarkable historic pianos – including those owned and played by Chopin and Haydn – from the Cobbe Collection, brought to Leeds especially for the Competition.
The Competition, working in collaboration with Leeds Business Improvement District (LeedsBID), is opening its arms to the people of Leeds with the Leeds Piano Trail: twelve beautifully decorated pianos stationed in iconic locations across the city centre from 17 August. These will be available for the public to play, and will host ‘mini recitals’ by local music students and pianists, and see pop-up performances by Competition alumni, competitors and celebrity guests to spark the imagination of the millions of visitors, residents and workers who will visit, hear and play the pianos this Summer. Besbrode Pianos are supplying all of the instruments for the Trail.
Classic FM, the UK’s most popular classical music station, is media partner for the Leeds Piano Trail and will broadcast its popular More Music Breakfast show, presented by Tim Lihoreau, from its studios in Leeds on Friday 14 September.