University of Leeds Vice-Chancellor Sir Alan Langlands said:
“Lang Lang is one of the world’s finest musicians and has influenced and inspired people in every continent. As an ambassador for the arts through his Foundation, he has shown his passion for education, supporting talented young pianists in their professional development and leading the way in ensuring classical music remains relevant in the 21st century. His name is synonymous with excellence: in music and in education, he is a role model for young musicians the world over. It will be an honour to recognise these contributions to global culture and to celebrate the longstanding and rewarding relationships between the competition, Lang Lang, and the University.”
Welcoming the announcement, Lang Lang said:
“I’m extremely proud of my association with Leeds – with the city, with the piano competition and, thanks to this great honour, with the University too.”
Tickets for the Leeds International Piano Competition Finals are now sold out, but for tickets to other heats and events taking place during the competition – as well as further information – visit leedspiano.com. The ceremony – along with all remaining rounds of the competition – will be live streamed free via leedspiano2018.medici.tv .
Highlights from the semi-finals will be broadcast on BBC Radio 3 at 1pm on Tuesday-Friday this week [11-14 September]. The Finals (Friday 14 and Saturday 15 September) will be broadcast live by BBC Radio 3 and on BBC FOUR television on Friday 21 September.