From Round 1 to First Prize Winner: Re-live Alim Beisembayev's Leeds journey

18 January 2023
By Ellie Palmer
Indulge yourself in every one of Alim's performances from his stunning 2021 Leeds Piano Competition win

Back in early 2021, Kazakhstani pianist Alim Beisembayev was a student at London's Royal College of Music studying for his Masters degree. 

Flash forward to the end of the year, and he became the 20th Gold Medal winner of the world-famous Leeds International Piano Competition. The only Kazakhstani to ever win the competition, Alim has since gone on to release his debut album with Warner Classics and tour the world.

Now, he graces the cover of the Feb/Mar 2023 issue of Pianist with the whole world at his feet. Below, we take a look back at his remarkable journey through the Leeds Competition.



Round 1 - Liszt: Transcendental Etude No.5, 'Feux Follets'



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Round 2 - Beethoven: Piano Sonata No 32 in C minor, Op 111



Semi-Final - Brahms: Piano Quartet in C minor, Op 60



Final - Rachmaninov: Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op 43



And the winner is...