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Competition Overview


6, 7 & 8 September, 2.00pm and 7.00pm
Great Hall, University of Leeds
Each of twenty-four competitors selected from First Round performs solo programmes.


9 September, 7.00pm and 10 & 11 September, 2.00pm and 7.00pm
Great Hall, University of Leeds
Each of ten semi-finalists performs solo programmes and collaborates in chamber music.


14 & 15 September, 7.00pm
Leeds Town Hall
Five finalists perform across two days.


2nd Round Competitors 


Jean-Selim Abdelmoula
Haute École de Musique de Lausanne and Guildhall School of Music and Drama
Teachers: Christian Favre, Ronan O’Hora and Sir András Schiff

Evelyne Berezovsky
United Kingdom
Purcell School of Music: Ilana Davids.
Royal Academy of Music London: Hamish Milne
Italy: Elisso Virssaladze
Paris: Rena Shereshevskaya

Florian Caroubi
Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Lyon: F. Boffard, Billi Eidi, and David Selig
Bernard d’Ascoli (Association Piano Cantabile)

Anna Geniushene
Moscow State Conservatory: Elena Kuznetsova and Prof. Emeritus Christopher Elton
Royal Academy of Music

Salih Can Gevrek
Royal College of Music London and Queen Elizabeth Music Chapel Brussels
Teacher: Dmitri Alexeev

Yilei Hao
Central Conservatory of Music: Beijing
Teachers: Prof. Dan Shao, Danwen Wei, Norma Fisher

Mario Häring
Hannover University of Music Drama and Media
Prof. Lars Vogt
Prof. Karl-Heinz Kämmerling
University of The Arts Berlin
Prof. Fabio Bidini
Kimiko Higuchi

Wei-Ting Hsieh
Taiwan: Chin Chun Chang
Michel Béroff, Laurent Cabasso, Jonas Vitaud
Conservatoire National Supérieur de Danse et de Musique de Paris: Marie-Josèphe Jude

Fuko Ishii
Toho Gakuen School of Music
Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln
Basel Musik Akademie
Teachers: Anthony Spiri, Eduardo Torbianelli, Claudio Martinez-Mehner.

Aljoša Jurinić
Academy of Music, University of Zagreb: Prof. Ruben Dalibaltayan.
University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna: Prof. Noel Flores.
Scuola di Musica di Fiesole: Prof. Eliso Virsaladze.
Hochschule für Musik Franz Liszt Weimar Germany: Prof. Grigory Gruzman.

Yoonji Kim
South Korea
University of The Arts Berlin: prof. Markus Groh
Salzburg: Jaques Rouvier

Taek Gi Lee
South Korea
Juilliard School and Curtis Institute of Music (September 2018)
Teachers: Choong-Mo Kang, Robert McDonald and Ma-ri Kwon

Siqian Li
New England Conservatory: Teacher: Alexander Korsantia
Central Conservatory of Music: Teacher: Huiqiao Bao

Eric Lu
Curtis Institute of Music Philadelphia
Teachers: Robert McDonald, Jonathan Biss and Dang Thai Son

Alexia Mouza
Greece / Venezuela
International Piano Academy Imola Italy: Leonid Margarious, Anna Kravtchenko
College of Fine Arts Boston University: Boaz Sharon
Buchmann-Mehta Tel Aviv: Prof. Arie Vardi

Jinhyung Park
South Korea
Yonsei University, Seoul, South Korea
Teacher: Prof. Ian Yungwook Yoo

Tamila Salimdjanova
Royal College of Music London
Teacher: Prof. Vanessa Latarche
Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory
Teacher: Prof. Irina Plotnikova

Samson Tsoy
Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory, Royal College of Music London and Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel Belgium
Teachers: Yury Airapetian, Norma Fisher, Vanessa Latarche, Elisabeth Leonskaja and Maria João Pires

Chao Wang
Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler Berlin: Prof. Michael Endres, Prof Fabio Bidini
University of Arts Berlin: Prof. Klaus Hellwig

Xinyuan Wang
University of Weimar “Franz Liszt”
Teacher: Prof. Balázs Szokolay

Andrzej Wierciński
Z. Brzewski School of Music in Warsaw: Profesor Anna Jastrzębska-Quinn
Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music in Katowice: Profesor Wojciech Świtała

Yuchong Wu
Xi’an Conservatory of Music China: Ass. Prof. Zhuangzhang Li
The Juilliard School New York: Robert McDonald

Yuanfan Yang
United Kingdom
Chetham’s School of Music Manchester : Dr Murray McLachlan
The Royal Academy of Music London: Prof. Emeritus Christopher Elton

Pavel Zemen
Czech Republic
State Conservatory in České Budĕjovice: Marie Kotrčová
Janáček Academy of Music in Brno: Prof. Alena Vlasáková

Schedule & Repertoire

Second Round: Thursday 6 September

2.00 pm

Yilei Hao

Mozart – Sonata No. 15 in F major K.533/494

Rachmaninov – Etude-tableau in E flat minor Op.39 No.5

Janáček – In The Mists

2.40 pm

Jinhyung Park

Tchaikovsky – Dumka Op.59

Chopin – Sonata No.3 in B minor Op.58

3.40 pm

Wei-Ting Hsieh

Schumann – Fantasiestucke Op.12

Debussy – Images Book I

4.20 pm

Andrzej Wierciński

Beethoven – Sonata in E flat major Op.7

Chopin – Scherzo in B minor Op.20 no.1

7.00 pm

Xinyuan Wang

Schumann – Humoresque Op.20

Bartók Piano – Sonata Sz.80

7.40 pm

Alexia Mouza

Mozart – Fantasia No. 3 in D minor K937

Liszt – Sonata in B minor S.178

8.40 pm

Yoonji Kim

Mozart – Sonata in D major K576

Chopin – Polonaise-Fantasie Op.61

Scriabin – Sonata No.4 Op.30

9.20 pm

Yuanfan Yang

Beethoven – Sonata in G Op.31 No.1

Chopin – Berceuse in D flat

Liszt – Fantasia and Fugue on Bach

Second Round: Friday 7 September

2.00 pm

Taek Gi Lee

Schubert – Piano Sonata No.19 in C minor D.958

Chopin – Ballade No.1 in G minor Op.23

2.40 pm

Pavel Zemen

Rachmaninov – Etude-tableaux No.5 in E flat minor Op.39

Chopin – Barcarolle in F sharp major Op.60

Barber – Piano Sonata Op.26

3.40 pm

Aljoša Jurinić

Debussy – Reverie L.68

Schumann – Fantasie in C major Op.17

4.20 pm

Mario Häring

Mozart – Piano Sonata No.12 in F major KV.332

Prokofiev – Piano Sonata No.2 in D minor Op.14

Kapustin – “8 Concert Etudes” Op.40: No.1 “Prelude”

7.00 pm

Chao Wang

Mozart – Rondo in D major K485

Beethoven – Piano Sonata No.14 in C sharp minor Op.27 No.2

Schumann – Piano Sonata No.2 in G Minor Op.22

7.40 pm

Anna Geniushene

Brahms – Balladen Op.10

Bartók – Sonata Sz.80

8.40 pm

Siqian Li

Beethoven – 10 Variations on a Theme by Salieri, WoO.73

Chopin – 12 Etudes Op.10

9.20 pm

Samson Tsoy

Scriabin – Three Pieces Op.45

Mussorgsky – Pictures at an Exhibition

Second Round: Saturday 8 September

2.00 pm

Eric Lu

Schubert – Four Impromptus Op. 90, D.899

Chopin – Ballade No.4 in F minor Op.52

2.40 pm

Jean-Selim Abdelmoula

Janáček – In the Mists

Schubert – Moments Musicaux D.780 Books I & II

3.40 pm

Florian Caroubi

Liszt – Sposalizio, from the 2nd “Année de Pèlerinage (Italie)”

Schumann – Carnaval Op.9

4.20 pm

Tamila Salimdjanova

Schubert – Impromptu No.1 Op.90

Liszt – Sonata in B minor S.178

7.00 pm

Fuko Ishii

Beethoven – Piano Sonata No.22 in F minor Op.54

Schumann – Davidsbündlertänze, Op.6

7.40 pm

Salih Can Gevrek

Bach – Partita No.6 in E minor BWV 830

Rachmaninov – Preludes Op.32 IV, V, XIII

8.40 pm

Yuchong Wu

Bach – French Overture in B minor

Poulenc – Three Pieces for Piano

Bartók – Out of Doors Suite

9.20 pm

Evelyne Berezovsky

Chopin – Ballade No.4 in F minor Op.52

Messiaen – Vingt regards sur l’enfant Jesus, Le Baiser de l’enfant Jesus

Rachmaninov – 2nd Sonata No.2 in B flat minor Op.36

Watch & Listen

Live Online Streaming with Medici.tv

You can now enjoy the First Round performances of the 24 competitors who will be moving onto the Second Round. They were selected from the 68 young pianists who performed in the International First Rounds in Singapore, Berlin and New York.

All 24 performances can be viewed free. Their progress can then be followed through free live webcasts of the final rounds in Leeds between 6 to 15 September.


As well as viewing every Competition performance, you will also be able to experience the full atmosphere of the Competition through extensive behind-the-scenes coverage, interviews with the competitors and coverage of other events surrounding the Competition.

For the first time in its history, you will also be invited to vote online for the medici.tv Audience Award. The winner of the inaugural medici.tv Audience Award will have a performance broadcast on medici.tv within the next three years.

Partnership with BBC TV and Radio 3

The BBC and the Leeds International Piano Competition have been media partners since 1966. Highlights from the Semi Finals will be broadcast on BBC Radio 3 at 1.00 on Tues 11 – Fri 14 September. The Finals will be broadcast live by BBC Radio 3 and transmitted in extract form by BBC4 on 21 September.


Paul Lewis CBE

United Kingdom

Paul Lewis CBE is Chair of the 2018 jury and co-Artistic Director of the Leeds International Piano Competition.

Paul Lewis is internationally regarded as one of the leading musicians of his generation. His cycles of core piano works by Beethoven and Schubert have received unanimous critical and public acclaim worldwide, and consolidated his reputation as one of the world’s foremost interpreters of the central European classical repertoire. His numerous awards have included the Royal Philharmonic Society’s Instrumentalist of the Year, two Edison awards, three Gramophone awards, the Diapason D’or de l’Annee, the Preis Der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik, the Premio Internazionale Accademia Musicale Chigiana, and the South Bank Show Classical Music award. He holds honorary degrees from Liverpool, Edge Hill, and Southampton Universities, and was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2016 Queen’s Birthday Honours.



He appears regularly as soloist with the world’s great orchestras, including the Boston Symphony, Chicago Symphony, London Symphony, London Philharmonic, Bavarian Radio Symphony, NHK Symphony, New York Philharmonic, LA Philharmonic, and the Royal Concertgebouw, Cleveland, Tonhalle Zurich, Leipzig Gewandhaus, Philharmonia, and Mahler Chamber Orchestras.

Plans for the 2016/17 season include Beethoven concerto cycles with Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, the São Paulo State Symphony Orchestra, and the Royal Flemish Philharmonic Orchestra, appearances with the Orchestre de Paris and Daniel Harding, the Philharmonia with Andris Nelsons, the Chicago Symphony with Manfred Honeck, and the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra with Bernard Haitink. The 2017/18 season sees the start of a two year recital series exploring connections between the sonatas of Haydn, the late piano works of Brahms, and Beethoven’s bagatelles and Diabelli Variations.

Paul Lewis’s recital career takes him to venues such as London’s Royal Festival Hall, Alice Tully and Carnegie Hall in New York, the Musikverein and Konzerthaus in Vienna, the Theatre des Champs Elysees in Paris, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, and the Berlin Philharmonie and Konzerthaus. He is also a frequent guest at the some of the world’s most prestigious festivals, including Tanglewood, Ravinia, Schubertiade, Edinburgh, Salzburg, Lucerne, and the BBC Proms where in 2010 he became the first person to play a complete Beethoven piano concerto cycle in a single season.

His multi-award winning discography for Harmonia Mundi includes the complete Beethoven piano sonatas, concertos, and the Diabelli Variations, Liszt’s B minor sonata and other late works, all of Schubert’s major piano works from the last six years of his life including the 3 song cycles with tenor Mark Padmore, solo works by Schumann and Mussorgsky, and the Brahms D minor piano concerto with the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra and Daniel Harding. Future recording plans include a multi-CD series of Haydn sonatas, Beethoven’s bagatelles, and works by Bach.

Paul Lewis studied with Joan Havill at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London before going on to study privately with Alfred Brendel. He is co-Artistic Director of Midsummer Music, an annual chamber music festival held in Buckinghamshire, UK, and the Leeds International Piano Competition.

Adam Gatehouse

United Kingdom

Adam Gatehouse is co-Artistic Director of the Leeds International Piano Competition and jury member for all rounds.

Adam was born in London and studied conducting at the Guildhall School of Music in London, where his teachers included Sir Adrian Boult and Andre Previn.From 1974 to 1991 he enjoyed an international career as conductor, working as Music Director with Ballet Rambert, Dutch National Ballet and the Dutch National Youth Orchestra, and guest conducting at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, and in France, Spain, Germany, Italy, Canada and the USA.


From 1991 to 2013, Adam was a producer and later Editor Live Music with BBC Radio 3, where he has worked with many of the leading artists of the time such as Mitsuko Uchida, Itzak Perlman, Ian Bostridge, Felicity Lott and Pierre Boulez. In 1998 he launched  the BBC Wigmore Hall Lunchtime Concert series, Radio 3’s flagship Chamber Music Series. He also started the LSO St. Luke’s Lunchtime Concert series in collaboration with the LSO. In 1999 he created and for 14 years was Editor of BBC Radio 3’s prestigious New Generation Artists scheme, which helped launch the careers of over 100 international artists and ensembles, including Paul Lewis, Stephen Osborne, the Belcea Quartet, Alison Balsom, Alice Coote, Janine Jansen and more recently Benjamin Grosvenor and Igor Levit. While at BBC Radio 3 he curated and edited several special composer series, including special days for Verdi, Janacek, Berlioz and Walton, and two “composer weeks” devoted to the music of Tchaikovsky (2009) and Schubert (2012). His programmes have won numerous awards, including the Sony Awards for documentaries about Prokofiev and Rudolf Nureyev.​

In July 2013 he  conducted the world premiere of “and the Crowd (wept)”, a new opera by Erick Flores and Afsaneh Gray, at Riverside Studios in London as part of the Tete à Tete Festival. He has served on the juries of the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World and the Leeds International Piano Competition. Adam Gatehouse was also the Founder and Director of the internationally acclaimed Festival de Valloires in Picardy, France.

Sa Chen


The Crystal Award winner of the 12th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, SA CHEN was named “a brilliant pianist” by the great pianist Emanuel Ax. Her first major performance was in 1996, at the age of 16, when she was seen live on BBC Television competing in the final round of the Leeds International Piano Competition, with Sir Simon Rattle conducting the City of Birmingham Symphony.



Chen was born in Chongqing, China. She began her musical studies with Dan Zhaoyi at the Sichuan Conservatory of Music and continued with him at the Shenzhen School of Arts. In 1994, Chinese President Jiang Zemin listened to her performance and interviewed her along with Zhaoyi. Following her success in Leeds in 1996, she was offered a scholarship at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, where she studied with Joan Havill and earned a Master’s Degree in Performance. Chen also studied with Arie Vardi at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hannover, and now lives in Germany.

Major awards and honors began in 1994 for Chen, when she won first prize at the 1994 China International Piano Competition. Winning fourth prize in the 1996 Leeds International Piano Competition as the youngest contestant marked the beginning of Sa Chen’s international career. This was followed by Second Prize at the Dudley Millennium Competition (2000) and at Guildhall; the Spender Boney Memorial Prize (1999); the Silver Medal and Crystal Glass Trophy in the Gold Medal Concerto Competition (2000); First Prize of the Beethoven Competition (2000); and the Concert Recital Diploma Premier Prix of Guildhall (2000). She also participated at the 14th International Chopin Piano Competition in October 2000, at which she claimed the Best Polonaise Performance Award as well as the Fourth Prize overall. Her Crystal Award in the 12th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition solidified her reputation as one of the most outstanding pianists in the world today, and also made her the only pianist in history to be awarded in all the top three piano competitions.

As a soloist, Sa Chen has worked with many celebrated conductors such as Semyon Bychkov, Edo de Waart, Sir Simon Rattle, Leonard Slatkin, James Conlon, Louis Lane, Miguel Harth-Bedoya, Ilan Volkov, Kazimierz Kord, Bernhard Gueller, Muhai Tang, Long Yu, Jan Krenz, and Howard Griffiths, several of whom offered return engagements. She has performed with, among many others, the Takács Quartet, the WDR Symphony Orchestra, the City of Birmingham Symphony, Camerata Salzburg, the Warsaw Philharmonic, the Israel Philharmonic, the Strasbourg Philharmonic, the China Philharmonic, the China National Symphony Orchestra, the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Fort Worth Symphony, the Bern Symphony Orchestra, the Latvian National Symphony Orchestra, the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Singapore Symphony Orchestra.

Her solo performances have taken Chen to many of the world’s leading music centers, including Washington, DC, London, Warsaw, Milan, Berlin, Zurich, Linz, Basel, Copenhagen, and Boston. Sa Chen has given concerts in the United States (her U.S. debut took place in April 2002), Canada, Asia (including Hong Kong, Taiwan, Tokyo), in Tel Aviv, and at Sydney Opera House in Australia. Among her many festival credits are the Duszniki Chopin Festival, Louisiana Museum, the Lockenhaus Chamber Festival, and Le Musiques festival. In China, she appeared at the Beijing Music Festival, the Steinway Piano Competition Festival, and the Gulangyu Piano Festival.

Thomas Larcher


Thomas Larcher stands out as one of the most imaginative voices in classical music today. Born in Innsbruck in 1963, Thomas Larcher grew up in Austrian Tyrol and studied composition and piano in Vienna. Today he is celebrated internationally as a composer, pianist and programmer.  His music is inventive and captivating, as he combines contemplative harmonies with extended performance techniques – at once experimental and responsive to tradition.



New works in the 2015/16 season include Larcher’s forth string quartet Lucid Dreams (2015) for the Belcea Quartet’s 20th anniversary season (performances in London, Vienna, Luxembourg, Berlin and Grenoble), Ouroboros (2015) for cello and chamber orchestra, written for Jean-Guihen Queyras (performances in Amsterdam, Lausanne, Munich, Vienna, Oslo, Orebro and Hong Kong) and a concerto for orchestra for the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra and Semyon Bychkov, which will be premiered in Vienna in June 2016.

Larcher’s early works are characterized by his preoccupation with the piano and its tonal qualities.  He established new benchmarks in piano literature with compositions such as Naunz for piano solo (1989), Kraken for violin, cello and piano (1994/5), Mumien for cello and piano (2001). A series of string quartets  Cold Farmer (1999), Ixxu (1998–2004) and Madhares (2006/7) continued his path of exploration, absorbing and crossing stylistic boundaries, ‘wandering freely among musical traditions’. The quartets contain highly original sounds, often derived from extended string playing techniques.

Larcher began using the colourful timbres of the orchestra, starting with his solo concertos – Still (2002) for viola and orchestra, Böse Zellen for piano and chamber orchestra (2006) and the Violin Concerto (2008). His first large orchestral score, written for the San Francisco Symphony in 2011 and conducted by Osmo Vänskä, was Red and Green, a pair of movements with contrasting tonal colouring. Critic Stephen Smoliar commented: “The result is a highly unique listening experience with a perfectly valid aesthetic of beauty … my only regret was having but one opportunity to experience this stunning music.” Later that year, the Double Concerto for violin and cello was commissioned and premiered at the BBC Proms with Viktoria Mullova and Matthew Barley under the direction of Ilan Volkov, for which Larcher was awarded the International category of the British Music Awards 2012.

Larcher’s skill in writing for  the voice is evident in his astonishing and highly original works for ensemble and orchestra including My Illness is the Medicine I Need (2002) for soprano and piano trio, a much performed work that has recently been arranged by the composer in a version for soprano and ensemble, Heute (2005) for soprano and orchestra, and Die Nacht der Verlorenen (2008) for Matthias Goerne and the London Sinfonietta.
In 2014, A Padmore Cycle, originally for tenor and prepared piano, was recomposed as an orchestral score with voice and was premiered by the BBCSO under Edward Gardner in November 2014. It is scheduled for performance in Munich next season. Tim Ashley in the Guardian wrote, “Larcher’s writing fits Padmore’s voice like a glove, erasing its register breaks, showcasing its purity of sound and flexibility.”
In 2015, Alle Tage, a symphony for baritone and orchestra, was premiered by Matthias Goerne with Jaap van Zweden and the Netherlands Radio Orchestra at the Concertgebouw Amsterdam and with Christoph Eschenbach and the Gewandhaus Orchester in Leipzig.

Larcher has been Composer in Residence at the Vienna Konzerthaus, the Mozarteum Orchester, Wigmore Hall, and many festivals including Davos, Heimbach, Risör, Mondsee and Bantry.

In 2015 he received the Austrian “Kunstpreis” for music and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s Elise L. Stoeger Prize 2014/15, awarded every two years in recognition of significant contributions to the field of chamber music composition.

ECM has recorded three discs of Larcher’s works, establishing his distinctive voice: Naunz (2001), Ixxu (2006), and Madhares (2010). What Becomes with Mark Padmore and Tamara Stefanovich was released on harmonia mundi in 2014. His recordings have been awarded several international prizes, including the Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik, the Choc de la musique, and the Diapason d’Or.

Larcher is highly regarded as a pianist; his repertoire is broad, ranging from his Schubert/Schönberg CD with ECM to accompanying Mark Padmore in Schubert’s Schwanengesang or Matthias Goerne on the highly acclaimed recording of Hanns Eisler’s Ernst Gesaenge –Lieder with piano.

In recent years Larcher has begun conducting, working with orchestras such as Munich Chamber Orchestra, Mozarteum Orchester, Netherlands Radio Kamerfilharmonie and with soloists including Isabelle Faust and Igor Levit.

In 1994 Larcher founded the festival KLANGSPUREN, now an international renowned festival for contemporary music. He stepped down in 2003 to establish the Swarowski MUSIK IM RIESEN festival in Wattens, Austria which he still runs, a gathering of the best international chamber musicians in May each year.

Thomas Larcher’s works are published by Schott Music London.

Henning Kraggerud


Norwegian violinist Henning Kraggerud is Artistic Director of the Arctic Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra, with a tenure extending to 2020.

Henning’s extraordinary reach as an artist is a result of his versatility and passion for music, as well as the genuine quality to his playing and the beauty of his performances. His teaching and educational writings provide fascinating insights into his multi-faceted approach to music-making, while his composing, arranging and improvising – frequently bringing his own works into the concert hall – recall the spirit of the old masters such as Fritz Kreisler and Eugène Ysaÿe.



Henning is invited time and again to join many of the world’s most significant orchestras, most recently the Toronto Symphony, Vancouver Symphony, Baltimore Symphony and Los Angeles Chamber orchestras, as well as the Danish National Symphony, Tonkünstler Orchestra Vienna and Brussels Philharmonic.

Henning is a prolific composer whose works are performed by many prominent musicians and orchestras around the globe. His largest-scale work to date is entitled Equinox: 24 Postludes in All Keys for Violin and String Orchestra. Commissioned, premiered and recorded by the Arctic Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra with Henning as soloist, the work was composed as a musical counterpart to a story specially written by world-famous author Jostein Gaarder, and has been hailed as “a fascinating composition to return to over and over again” (MusicWeb International).

Henning’s output as a composer also includes Preghiera, commissioned and performed by the Brodsky Quartet in 2012, and The Last Leaf, given its first performance in 2014 by the Britten Sinfonia, as well as cadenzas for two of Haydn’s cello concertos commissioned by Clemens Hagen in 2015 and Victimae Paschali for choir and orchestra commissioned by the Trondheim Chamber Music Festival. In 2017, the Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra commissioned and performed Topelius Variations for string orchestra, which Henning performs again in the 17/18 season in an extensive national tour with the Australian Chamber Orchestra.

Other highlights of the current season include return visits to the Portuguese Symphony, Tasmanian Symphony and Macao orchestras for play/direct projects, and concerto engagements with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Welsh National Opera Orchestra, Hallé and BBC Scottish Symphony orchestras.

With his ever-present spirit of discovery, Henning gave the 21st century premiere of the Johan Halvorsen Violin Concerto with the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra at the 2016 Risør Chamber Music Festival. Originally premiered in 1909, the concerto was subsequently considered lost until its re-discovery over 100 years later. Henning went on to play the work with the Oslo and Bergen Philharmonic orchestras, and in 2017 released a recording on the Naxos label with the Malmö Symphony Orchestra and Bjarte Engeset, leading BBC Radio 3’s Record Review to comment, “It’s difficult to imagine more ardent advocates for this sleeping beauty of a piece”.

Henning regularly performs both on violin and viola at major festivals and venues; recent collaborations have taken place at Wigmore Hall, King’s Place, Bruges Concertgebouw and Berlin Konzerthaus, with artists such as Steven Isserlis, Joshua Bell, Lawrence Power, Leif Ove Andsnes, Håvard Gimse, Imogen Cooper, Adrian Brendel, Christian Poltéra and Jeremy Menuhin. Last season saw Henning appearing at Budapest’s kamara.hu festival, Incontri in Terra di Siena Festival and the West Cork Chamber Music Festival. In the 17/18 season, he returns to the Wigmore Hall with Natalie Clein and Christian Ihle Hadland, performs with the Nash Ensemble in Bern and gives a recital with Kathryn Stott at Musis Arnhem.

In 2015, Henning became International Chair in Violin at the Royal College of Music in Manchester, and in 2017 was announced as the recipient of a Fellowship. Passionate about musical education, Henning is a Professor at the Barratt Due music conservatoire in Oslo, and in 2018 is a Jury member at the Menuhin Competition in Geneva, where he also performs the opening concert with Orchestre de la Suisse Romande.

Henning’s eclectic discography includes many recordings on the Naxos label, the most recent being Mozart Concertos Nos. 3, 4 and 5, including Henning’s own cadenzas, with the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra. The CD was awarded an ECHO Klassik Award and chosen as Classic FM’s Album of the Week, NDR Kultur’s CD of the Week, Editor’s Choice in Classical Music Magazine, Recommended in The Strad, and featured on BBC Radio 3’s Record Review where it was hailed as “so alive with such engaging articulation”. In 2013, also on Naxos, Henning released Grieg’s three sonatas, arranged for violin and chamber orchestra by Henning and Bernt Simen Lund.

On the Simax label, Henning’s most recent release is a collaboration with the Arctic Philharmonic Orchestra and world-famous author Erik Fosnes Hansen. Entitled Between the Seasons, the disc features Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons interspersed with Henning’s own compositions. Also for Simax, Henning has recorded the complete solo sonatas of Ysaÿe, on a disc which won the prestigious Spellemann CD award. On the ACT label, he released a disc entitled Last Spring which explored improvisations on Norwegian folk music with jazz pianist Bugge Wesseltoft. Henning also appeared in a major television and cinema documentary about the Norwegian 19th century violin virtuoso and composer, Ole Bull, and received the Ole Bull Prize in 2007.

Born in Oslo in 1973, Henning studied with Camilla Wicks and Emanuel Hurwitz. He is a recipient of Norway’s prestigious Grieg Prize and in 2007 was awarded the Sibelius Prize for his interpretations and recording of Sibelius’ music around the world.

Henning Kraggerud plays on a 1744 Guarneri del Gesù, provided by Dextra Musica AS. This company is founded by Sparebankstiftelsen DNB.

Imogen Cooper CBE

United Kingdom

Regarded as one of the finest interpreters of Classical and Romantic repertoire, Imogen Cooper is internationally renowned for her virtuosity and lyricism.

During the 2016/17 season she will perform with the Berliner Philharmoniker and Sir Simon Rattle, Sydney Symphony with Simone Young and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra with Thomas Dausgaard. Solo recitals will include Boston, London and Australia. Last season, she appeared with the London Symphony Orchestra and Bernard Haitink, Seattle Symphony and Kioi Sinfonietta in Japan, as well as performing recitals in New York, Philadelphia and Paris.



Imogen Cooper has a widespread international career and has appeared with the New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia, Boston, Cleveland, Vienna Philharmonic, Royal Concertgebouw, Leipzig Gewandhaus, Budapest Festival and NHK Symphony Orchestras. She has also undertaken tours with the Camerata Salzburg, Australian and Orpheus Chamber Orchestras. She has played at the BBC Proms and with all the major British orchestras, including particularly close relationships with the Royal Northern Sinfonia and Britten Sinfonia, play/directing. Her recital appearances have included Tokyo, Hong Kong, Singapore, Vienna, Prague, the Schubertiade in Schwarzenberg and an extensive tour in Australia.

As a supporter of new music, Imogen Cooper has premiered two works at the Cheltenham International Festival; Traced Overhead by Thomas Adès (1996) and Decorated Skin by Deirdre Gribbin (2003). In 1996, she also collaborated with members of the Berliner Philharmoniker in the premiere of the quintet, Voices for Angels, written by the ensemble’s viola player, Brett Dean.

Imogen Cooper is a committed chamber musician and has performed regularly with the Belcea Quartet and cellist Sonia Wieder-Atherton. As a Lieder recitalist, she has had a long collaboration with Wolfgang Holzmair in both the concert hall and recording studio. Her discography also includes Mozart Concertos with the Royal Northern Sinfonia (Avie), a solo recital at the Wigmore Hall (Wigmore Live) and a cycle of solo works by Schubert recorded live and released under the label ‘Schubert Live’. Her recent recordings for Chandos Records feature music by Brahms, Chopin and Robert and Clara Schumann.

Imogen Cooper received a CBE in the Queen’s New Year Honours in 2007 and was the recipient of an award from the Royal Philharmonic Society the following year. In 1997 she was awarded an Honorary Membership of the Royal Academy of Music and in 1999 she was made a Doctor of Music at Exeter University. Imogen Cooper was the Humanitas Visiting Professor in Classical Music and Music Education at the University of Oxford for 2012-13. The Imogen Cooper Music Trust was founded in 2016, to support young pianists at the cusp of their careers, and give them time in an environment of peace and beauty.

Gillian Moore CBE

United Kingdom

Gillian Moore is Director of Music at the Southbank Centre.

Gillian Moore​was appointed Head of Classical Music at Southbank Centre in December 2011, having joined the organisation as Head of Contemporary Culture in 2006. Before 2006, she had a long association with both Southbank Centre and the London Sinfonietta. She was the Artistic Director of the London Sinfonietta from 1998 to 2006, combining that post with running the audience development programme Inside Music at the Royal Festival Hall and being a Visiting Professor at the Royal College of Music.


In 1998 she was also Artistic Director of the ISCM World Music Days in Manchester. She was Head of Education at Southbank Centre from 1993 to 1998, developing an approach that integrated educational and artistic activity. From 1983 to 1993, she was the Education
Officer at London Sinfonietta, the first such post of its kind in the UK.

During her career, Gillian has collaborated with many of the great musical and artistic figures of our age, from Luciano Berio to Radiohead, from Harrison Birtwistle to Squarepusher, from Steve Reich to Akram Khan and has commissioned many significant new works. In 1991 Gillian was awarded the Sir Charles Groves Award for services to British music, in 1992 she was created an Honorary Member of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and in 1994 she was awarded an MBE for services to music and education.

Gillian received the Association of British Orchestras Award in 1998 for contribution to British orchestral life, and was made a Fellow of the Royal College of Music in 2000. She was made an Honorary Associate of the Royal Academy of Music in 2003 and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from Brunel University in 2006.

Gillian regularly writes and broadcasts about music. In particular, she is a regular contributor to BBC Television’s coverage of The Proms and to BBC Radio 3. Gillian is a council member of the Royal College of Music and of the Royal Philharmonic Society.


Lars Vogt


Lars Vogt has established himself as one of the leading musicians of his generation.

Born in the German town of Düren in 1970, he first came to public attention when he won second prize at the 1990 Leeds International Piano Competition and has enjoyed a varied career for nearly twenty-five years. His versatility as an artist ranges from the core classical repertoire of Mozart, Beethoven, Schumann and Brahms to the romantics Grieg, Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninov through to the dazzling Lutoslawski concerto. Lars Vogt is now increasingly working with orchestras as a conductor and in September 2015 took up his post as Music Director of Royal Northern Sinfonia at Sage, Gateshead.



During his prestigious career Lars Vogt has performed with many of the world’s great orchestras including the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Berlin Philharmonic, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Dresden Staatskapelle, Vienna Philharmonic, London Philharmonic, London Symphony Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Boston Symphony, NHK Symphony and Orchestre de Paris. He has collaborated with some of the world’s most renowned conductors including Claudio Abbado, Daniel Harding, Mariss Jansons, Paavo Järvo, Andris Nelsons, Sir Simon Rattle and Robin Ticciati. His special relationship with the Berlin Philharmonic has continued with regular collaborations following his appointment as their first ever “pianist in Residence” in 2003/4.


Shai Wosner


Pianist Shai Wosner has attracted international recognition for his exceptional artistry, musical integrity, and creative insight.

His performances of a broad range of repertoire—from Beethoven and Schubert to Ligeti and the music of today—reflect a degree of virtuosity and intellectual curiosity that has made him a favorite among audiences and critics, who note his “keen musical mind and deep musical soul” (NPR’s All Things Considered).


In the 2017-18 season, Mr. Wosner launches his recital series Schubert: The Great Sonatas, which continues his career-long, critically acclaimed engagement with the composer’s music. Described as a “Schubertian of unfaltering authority and character” by Gramophone, he performs Schubert’s last six piano sonatas over multiple concert programs at92nd Street Y in New York, The Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C., and other venues throughout the United States and Japan. Mr. Wosner’s recital repertoire this season also includes works from his latest solo recording, Impromptu (Onyx Classics, 2017), which features an eclectic mix of improvisationally inspired works by composers from Beethoven and Schubert to Gershwin and Ives. The pieces range from true improvisations to such stylized miniatures as Schubert’s Four Impromptus, D935, and together they reflect Mr. Wosner’s interest in exploring subtle connections between works of contrasting styles and time periods. Impromptu forms the basis for a fall recital program presented by Peoples’ Symphony Concerts in New York.

Additional 2017-18 highlights include season-opening performances in Singapore (with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra) and Jerusalem, including a performance of duo-piano works by Debussy and Ravel with Martha Argerich at the Jerusalem International Chamber Music Festival. In May, Mr. Wosner premieres Dissolving Margins—a new work composed for him by Christopher Cerrone—with the Orquesta Sinfónica del Principado de Asturias in Spain; scored for piano and strings, the work is based on the writings of Italian novelist Elena Ferrante and will receive its U.S. premiere at the Chautauqua Festival in July 2018.

Further appearances as a soloist include performances with the Boulez Ensemble (at the new Pierre Boulez Saal in Berlin), Aurora Orchestra in the U.K., and Princeton Symphony Orchestra. He also continues the Bridge to Beethoven series with his longtime collaborator, violinist Jennifer Koh, in recitals across the nation, appears in duo recitals with violinist Veronika Eberle (in Japan) and cellist István Várdai (in Hungary and the U.S.), and performs in chamber music by Fauré with cellist Steven Isserlis as part of the International Musicians Seminar in the U.K.

Mr. Wosner records for Onyx Classics, and his recordings have been widely praised for their inventive pairings of classical and modern masters. His most recent release, Impromptu, goes further by featuring seven composers—Schubert, Chopin, Beethoven, Liszt, Dvořák, Gershwin, and Ives—in thirteen solo piano works. Previous releases include concertos and capriccios by Haydn and Ligeti with the Danish National Symphony conducted by Nicholas Collon, solo works by Brahms and Schoenberg, and works by Schubert paired with new works by Missy Mazzoli.

As a chamber musician, Mr. Wosner has recorded Beethoven’s complete sonatas and variations for cello and piano with Ralph Kirshbaum for Onyx Classics, as well as works by Bartók, Janáček, and Kurtág with violinist Jennifer Koh for Cedille Records.

Mr. Wosner is a recipient of Lincoln Center’s Martin E. Segal Award, an Avery Fisher Career Grant, and a Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award—a prize he used to commission Michael Hersch’s concerto Along the Ravines, which he performed with the Seattle Symphony and Deutsche Radio Philharmonie in its world and European premieres. He was in residence with the BBC as a New Generation Artist, during which he appeared frequently with the BBC orchestras, including conducting Mozart concertos from the keyboard with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. He returned to the BBC Scottish Symphony in both subscription concerts and Proms performances with Donald Runnicles and appeared with the BBC Philharmonic in a live broadcast from Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall.

As a concerto soloist in the U.S., Mr. Wosner has appeared with the orchestras of Atlanta, Baltimore, Berkeley, Chicago, Cleveland, Dallas, Indianapolis, Los Angeles, Milwaukee, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, and San Francisco, among others. In addition to the BBC orchestras, he has performed abroad with the Barcelona Symphony, Bournemouth Symphony, Frankfurt Radio Symphony, Gothenburg Symphony, LSO St. Luke’s, National Arts Centre Orchestra, Nieuw Sinfonietta Amsterdam, Orchestre National de Belgique, Staatskapelle Berlin, and the Vienna Philharmonic, among others. Mr. Wosner has also appeared with the Orpheus, St. Paul, and Los Angeles Chamber Orchestras, having conducted the latter from the keyboard in a 2010 concert that was broadcast on American Public Radio.

Mr. Wosner has worked with such conductors as Daniel Barenboim, Jiří Bělohlávek, James Conlon, Alan Gilbert, Gunther Herbig, James Judd, Zubin Mehta, Peter Oundjian, Donald Runnicles, Leonard Slatkin, Jeffrey Tate, and Yan Pascal Tortelier, and has performed at summer festivals including the Bowdoin International Music Festival, Bravo! Vail festival, Grand Teton Music Festival, Mainly Mozart Festival in San Diego, Mostly Mozart Festival at Lincoln Center, and Ravinia Festival. For several consecutive summers, he was involved in the West-Eastern Divan Workshop led by Mr. Barenboim and toured as soloist with the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra.

Widely sought after by colleagues for his versatility and spirit of partnership, Mr. Wosner has collaborated as a chamber musician with numerous artists, including Martha Argerich, Martin Fröst, Lynn Harrell, Dietrich Henschel, Ralph Kirshbaum, Jennifer Koh, Cho-Liang Lin, Christian Tetzlaff, and Pinchas Zukerman. He has also collaborated with leading chamber ensembles, including the Grammy Award-winning Parker Quartet in The Schubert Effect recital series. Mr. Wosner is a former member of Lincoln Center’s Chamber Music Society Two and performs regularly at various chamber music festivals, including Chamber Music Northwest in Portland, the Jerusalem Chamber Music Festival, the Oregon Bach Festival, the Piano Aux Jacobins festival in France, and the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival. Recent chamber music engagements include performances presented by the Internationale Beethovenfeste in Bonn and Kunstfreunde Wiesloch; Beethoven recitals with cellist Ralph Kirshbaum at the Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C., and the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills, among other venues; a performance of Berg’s Chamber Concerto presented by the Kammerakademie Potsdam; and Bridge to Beethoven recitals with violinist Jennifer Koh.

Born in Israel, Mr. Wosner enjoyed a broad musical education from a very early age, studying piano with Opher Brayer and Emanuel Krasovsky, as well as composition, theory, and improvisation with André Hajdu. He later studied at The Juilliard School with Emanuel Ax. Mr. Wosner is on the faculty at the Longy School of Music in Boston. He resides in New York with his wife and two children.

For more information on Mr. Wosner, please visit his fan page on Facebook and go to shaiwosner.com.September 2017

Collaborative Musicians

In addition to giving solo recitals, Semi-Finalists demonstrate their collaborative skills in chamber music, performing with the Elias Quartet, Alexander Sitkovetsky and Bjørg Lewis. Finalists perform a concerto with the Hallé Orchestra conducted by Edward Gardner.

Alexander Sitkovetsky

Alexander Sitkovetsky was born into a family with a well-established musical tradition. He made his concerto debut at the age of eight and went on to study with the late Yehudi Menuhin.

Engagement highlights include the Netherlands Philharmonic, Philharmonia, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, Norwegian Chamber Orchestra, Brussels Philharmonic, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Tonkünstler Orchestra, Royal Northern Sinfonia, Camerata Salzburg, Wrocław Chamber Orchestra, Munich Chamber Orchestra and recitals at the Phillips Collection Washington and Lincoln Center New York.

Sitkovetsky is a frequent guest soloist in nationwide tours of the UK, and has toured Australia extensively as guest director with the Australian Chamber Orchestra.

Founding member of the Sitkovetsky Piano Trio, with whom he has won various prizes including the Mecklenburg Vorpommern Kammermusik Prize. He has also been awarded 1st prize at the Trio di Trieste Duo Competition with pianist Wu Qian and is a recipient of the Lincoln Center Emerging Artist Award.

Bjørg Lewis

Bjørg Lewis is one of Norway’s most esteemed cellists.  As a soloist, she played with the Oslo Philharmonic as well as many other orchestras throughout Norway, Sweden, Finland and the Baltics.

Bjørg is a founder member of the Vertavo String Quartet, an internationally-acclaimed ensemble, which has received numerous awards including Norway’s prestigious Grieg Prize.

A busy performance schedule takes Bjørg throughout Europe, North America and Japan. A regular participant in international chamber music festivals, Bjørg has also been invited to join the Nash Ensemble at the Wigmore Hall and on several tours in the past few years.

She was Artistic Director of the Elverum Festival in Norway from 2001- 2015 and has been Co-Artistic Director of Midsummer Music since its inception in 2009. She started a new chamber music festival with her string quartet in 2016, called Vertavofestivalen. It is held in various venues near to her hometown of Hokksund in Norway.

Elias String Quartet

Sara Bitlloch violin

Donald Grant violin

Simone van der Giessen viola

Marie Bitlloch cello

The Elias String Quartet take their name from Mendelssohn’s oratorio, Elijah, of which Elias is its German form, have quickly established themselves as one of the most intense and vibrant quartets of their generation. The Quartet was formed in 1998 at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester where they worked closely with the late Dr. Christopher Rowland. They also spent a year studying at the Hochschule in Cologne with the Alban Berg quartet. Other mentors in the Quartet’s studies include Peter Cropper, Hugh Maguire, György Kurtág, Gábor Takács-Nagy, Henri Dutilleux and Rainer Schmidt.

The Elias was chosen to participate in BBC Radio 3’s New Generation Artists’ scheme and was also a recipient of a 2010 Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award. They have performed at some of the world’s most prestigious chamber venues, including New York’s Carnegie Hall, the Washington Library of Congress, the Vienna Musikverein, the Berlin Konzerthaus, the Amsterdam Concertgebouw and the Wigmore Hall in London.  They recently returned to the US for a tour with Jonathan Biss, visiting Napa Valley, San Francisco, Salt Lake City, Kansas City and New York, as well as further performances across Europe in Vienna, Salzburg, Amsterdam, Luxembourg, Bonn, Venice and Padua. 

Now in its 159th season, the Hallé ranks among the UK’s top symphonic ensembles, with a distinguished history of acclaimed performances in this country and around the world; award-winning recordings, radio broadcasts and educational outreach programmes; and a visionary commitment to building audiences and developing orchestral repertoire.

The Hallé remains determined constantly to seek ways to enhance and refresh what it undertakes. They aspire to provide artistic leadership – through performance standards, artistic understanding and education and training, working with their partners in Manchester and beyond.

Their vision is to:

  • Lead not follow
  • Set new artistic standards and develop a reputation for them
  • Make a distinctive contribution to promoting Manchester as a significant European cultural centre
  • Strengthen their roots in the community
  • Engage with contemporary culture through embracing new work and vivid presentation

Their mission is to:

  • Produce an ambitious and wide-ranging programme of work both on and off the concert platform developing new audiences for the Hallé’s work as well as continuing to appeal to loyal long-term supporters
  • Act as a cultural ambassador for Manchester
  • Provide a comprehensive education and outreach programme firmly embedded in the Hallé’s core work to reach young people and other groups who may not otherwise have ready access to high quality musical experiences

Edward Gardner (conductor)

Chief Conductor of the Bergen Philharmonic since October 2015, Edward Gardner has already led the orchestra on multiple international tours, including acclaimed performances in London, Berlin, Munich and Amsterdam and continuing his hugely successful relationship with Chandos Records.

In demand as a guest-conductor, the 2017/18 season will see Edward debut with the New York Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony and Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and return to the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, London Philharmonic Orchestra and Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin. He will also continue his longstanding collaborations with the Philharmonia Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (where he was Principal Guest Conductor from 2010-16) and BBC Symphony Orchestra (whom he has conducted at both the First and Last Night of the BBC Proms).

Music Director of English National Opera for ten years (2006-15), Edward continues to work with the world’s major opera companies. He has ongoing relationships with La Scala and Opéra National de Paris, and with New York’s Metropolitan Opera where he has conducted productions of Carmen, Don Giovanni, Der Rosenkavalier and Werther. Future plans include a return to Dutch National Opera and his Royal Opera House Covent Garden debut.

Prizes & Engagements

The Competition has a rightly deserved reputation for engendering lifelong friendships and affection for Leeds and Yorkshire among the competitors. For the winner and other finalists, the world-beating 2018 prize package can be a life-changing experience.

First Prize:


The Dame Fanny Waterman Gold Medal

Second Prize:


Third Prize:


Non-prize winning finalists:

£5,000 each

Non-prize winning semi-finalists:

£2,000 each

Terence Judd Hallé Orchestra Prize: £5,500, three paid engagements with the Hallé orchestra and an invitation to perform in the Manchester Midday Concerts series at the Bridgewater Hall

Yaltah Menuhin Award: £3,000, presented to the pianist who demonstrates the greatest collaborative and empathetic qualities in the chamber performance of the semi-final

Friends of The Leeds: £1,000 to each of the second round participants who do not progress to the semi-finals

  • Management for one of the prize winners with Askonas Holt

  • Recording and Concert opportunities with BBC Radio 3

  • CD of Competition performance with Warner Classics

  • Concerto appearance with First Prize Winner with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra under Vasiliy Petrenko, 20 September 2018

  • Solo recitals for the second and third prize winners at the Concert Room, St George’s Hall Liverpool on 17 and 18 September 2018

  • Solo recitals for the three prize winners at Wigmore Hall in December 2019

  • Solo recital at the Southbank Centre in London in 2020

  • Steinway Prize-winner Concerts Network in Europe and South Korea tours in 2019

  • Concerto appearance with the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra

  • Mentoring from Paul Lewis and other Jury members

  • Extensive programme of recital engagements in Yorkshire and at other UK venues and festivals

  • Participation in the Leeds International Piano Competition’s Learning and Engagement programme

Competition Rules 


  • The competitors should choose editions that adhere to the original text
  • All pieces must be performed from memory, except the Chamber Music


A programme of contrasted repertoire (piano solo works only) lasting no longer than 25 minutes. This should include a work from the baroque, classical or early romantic period (no later than 1820) and a later romantic or 20th Century work. Individual movements are permitted. One of these works can also be played in the first round.


First International Round

Berlin: University of the Arts – Joachim Konzertsaal

Singapore: Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music – National University of Singapore

New York: DiMenna Center

Competitors must offer a programme lasting no longer than 25 minutes, including contrasting works from the baroque or classical period (before 1800) and the romantic period and / or early 20th Century.  All works must be complete and repeats played at the participant’s discretion.

Second Round – Leeds UK

Competitors selected from the First Round should prepare two contrasting programmes each of 40 minutes duration, and each to include one substantial work or group of works by a major composer. No music from the First Round may be selected for the Second Round.

Notification of the programme chosen by the Jury for this round was given with the announcement of the successful competitors on 1 May 2018 and cannot be altered after this date.


Third Round Semi-Finals – Leeds UK

The jury will select which one of the two programmes the competitor is to perform in its entirety, to be notified when the list of semi-finalists is announced. The performance of the solo piano music will precede that of the chamber music. Competitors will receive adequate rehearsal time with the chamber musicians.

In Programme A each competitor should include one piece of chamber music from Group 1 (Piano Quintets and Trios).

In Programme B each competitor should include one piece of chamber music from Group 2 (Violin Sonatas and Cello Sonatas).
The remainder of each programme will consist of solo piano music of the performer’s choice, but must include one 20th/21st century work from the list provided. The solo piano music selected should be different for each programme, with the exception of the 20th/21st century piece which can be the same piece in both Programme A and Programme B.

In total the solo piano music should last not less than 30 minutes. The final duration of the solo piano music in each programme is up to the discretion of the competitor and will depend on the duration of the chamber works selected.


Solo Piano Music – 20th/21st Century works

One piece to be selected from the following:

Pierre Boulez                            1st Sonata (10’)

Luciano Berio                           Sequenza (11’)

Brett Dean                                 Hommage a Brahms (3 pieces – 8’)

György Ligeti                            Selection of Etudes (up to approx. 10’)

György Kurtág                          Selection of Játékok (up to approx. 10’)

Thomas Larcher                       Noodivihik (10’)

Thomas Ades                           Traced Overhead (11’)

George Benjamin                     Meditation and Relativity Rag (7’)

Helmut Lachenmann               Schubert Variations (7’)

CHAMBER MUSIC *(Played with the score)

One piece to be selected from each of the following groups:

Group 1

Quintets with the Elias String Quartet

Dvořák – Piano Quintet in A major, Op.81

Brahms – Piano Quintet in F minor, Op.34

Shostakovich – Piano Quintet in G minor, Op.57

Trios with Alexander Sitkovetsky (violin) and Bjørg Lewis (cello)

Haydn – Trio in A major, Hob XV/18

Beethoven – Trio in D major, Op.70/1

Dvořák – Trio in E minor, Op.90 “Dumky”

Group 2

Cello Sonatas with Bjørg Lewis

Beethoven – Cello Sonata in A major, Op.69

Brahms – Cello Sonata in E minor, Op.38

Rachmaninov – Cello Sonata in G minor, Op.19

Violin Sonatas with Alexander Sitkovetsky

Beethoven – Violin Sonata in C minor, Op.30/2

Schubert – Fantasie in C, D934

Ravel – Violin Sonata in G

Concerto Finals – Leeds UK

Competitors should submit two choices of concerto drawn one from each of the following groups. Only one concerto will be chosen by the Jury. Notification of the concerto to be played will be given when the finalists are announced. The concerto will be played with the Hallé Orchestra conducted by Edward Gardner.

Group 1


Concerto in D minor, BWV1052


Concerto No.1 in C major, Op.15

Concerto No.3 in C minor, Op.37

Concerto No.4 in G major, Op.58


Concerto in D major, Hob: XVIII:11


Concerto No. 2 in D minor, Op.40


Concerto in D minor, K466

Concerto in E flat major, K482

Concerto in C minor, K491

Concerto in C major, K503

Group 2


Concerto No 3, Sz.119


Concerto No.2 in B flat major, Op.83


Concerto No.2 in F minor, Op.21


Concerto No. 2in A major, S125


Concerto No.2 in G minor, Op.16

Concerto No. 3 in C major, Op.26


Concerto No. 1 in F sharp minor, Op.1

Concerto No. 4 in G minor, Op.40

Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini in A minor, Op.43


Concerto in G major


Concerto in A minor, Op.54