Applications now OPEN for 2021 Leeds International Piano Competition

30 June 2020
By Ellie Palmer
The triennial competition returns for another edition




Applications for the 2021 edition of The Leeds International Piano Competition are now officially open.

The triennial competition is one of the world's most prestigious piano competitions, and offers an impressive prize package. The winner of the 2021 edition can expect to receive:

  • £25,000
  • Concerto engagement with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Andrew Manze on the opening night of their season, Thursday 23 September 2021
  • Steinway Prize-winner’s Concert Tours of Europe and South Korea
  • Wigmore Hall début
  • Recital at London’s Southbank Centre
  • Leeds International Piano Series recital
  • One-to-one consultation with Director of Concert and Artists Services, Steinway & Sons, London
  • Mentoring by member(s) of the Jury and The Leeds team
  • Coaching in PR, Media & Social Media relations by Premier Media


Second Place offers £15,000, plus recitals at Liverpool's St George's Hall and Wigmore Hall, a Leeds International Piano Series recital, ane-to-one consultation with Director of Concert and Artists Services at Steinway & Sons in London, and mentoring by member(s) of the Jury and The Leeds team.

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Third Place offers £10,000, plus the same extras as Second Place.

There are also £5,000 prizes for Fourth and Fifth Place, £2,000 for Semi-Finalists, and numerous other prizes.

2021 will feature an exceptional performer-led Jury, chaired by British pianist, Imogen Cooper, as well as a stunning line-up of chamber musicians and the competition's new orchestra partner, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. 

Next year's edition will be the 20th in its history, dating back to 1963 when British pianist Michael Roll took 1st Prize. Winners over the years have also included Radu Lupu, Murray Perahia, Alessio Bax, Federico Colli, and 2018 winner Eric Lu.

Lu appeared on the cover of issue 106 of Pianist shortly after his win.

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