Now, as ‘The Leeds’ enters a new and dynamic phase in its history under the Artistic Directorship of Paul Lewis and Adam Gatehouse, The University of Leeds has extended its financial support for the Competition, to ensure that international audiences can experience performances live and on-demand via medici.tv, the world’s leading online classical music channel.
The first ever international First Round of the Competition takes place in April in New York, Berlin and Singapore. Sixty-eight young pianists representing 28 countries have been selected for these initial stages. Those who successfully progress from the First Round will gather in Leeds from 6 to 15 September to participate in the Second Round and for places in the Semi-Finals and Finals of the triennial event.
More people will see the 2018 Competition than any other in its long and illustrious history.
The University and The Leeds also have ambitious collaboration plans to harness their shared passion for educating, inspiring and motivating the next generation of musicians and music lovers across Yorkshire and beyond.
Professor Hai-Sui Yu, Pro-Vice-Chancellor: International at the University of Leeds, said:
“Leeds is a truly global University which welcomes students and staff from around the world and we are honoured to build on our longstanding relationship with The Leeds to help it reach the screens of new international audiences as it moves to the next stage in its evolution.
“The innovations of streaming and heats across three continents resonate with the University’s own view of the role and potential of culture: that it should be accessible, democratic and enriching. The Leeds encompasses all three of these attributes, and those who are enhancing it for the modern era are doing so with a respect for its illustrious past while setting an innovative and ambitious course for its future.”
Mark Wingate, Chief Executive of Leeds International Piano Competition, said:
“The support offered by the University of Leeds over the past five decades has made it one of our most significant partners. Its unstinting provision has played an integral role in the global success of the Competition.
“Our shared belief in the value of the transformative power of culture will be much enhanced by our collaboration both in Yorkshire and through global streaming of the Competition, and we are grateful to the University for enabling us to take the great city of Leeds to the world in a new way.”
With the University’s School of Music, the Competition will connect with a wide range of audiences through educational activities and events, such as projects to reach school pupils who might otherwise not get to enjoy classical music. Students will also be able to take advantage of formal work placements, paid internships and mentoring opportunities, as well as support for course work and career advice from competition staff and alumni.