Leeds Piano Trail returns to the city ahead of the 2021 Leeds International Piano Competition

19 August 2021
By Ellie Palmer
10 pianos transformed into pieces of playable art will be positioned around the city from 4-18 September

The Leeds Piano Trail returns again this year as part of the city's build-up to the world-famous Leeds International Piano Competition.

Ten pianos are set to be positioned in public places around Leeds for two weeks starting from 4 September, transformed into playable works of art with help from local artists and community groups – each one accompanied by amazing sculptures made from upcycled pianos by artists’ collective Pianodrome.

An accompanying diverse programme of performances and activities will ensure there’s something for everyone to get involved with. Specific events hosted at the site of a number of the ten pianos include:

  • Learn to Play in a Day – Head over to Leeds Kirkgate Market for a free piano lesson
  • A Musical Nightwalk – Take yourself on a journey through the city centre punctuated by historic prose and live piano
  • An Evening with Jay Rayner –  Join the MasterChef judge and host of the hit podcast Out To Lunch with Jay Rayner for a Q&A lead by BBC Radio Leeds’ Oly Woodcock


Full details of the locations of each of the ten pianos will be announced in due course.

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This year's Leeds International Piano Competition marks its 20th edition, with the finals taking place from 8-18 September. The competition, founded by the late Dame Fanny Waterman, dates back to 1963. Past winners include Radu Lupu (1969), Murray Perahia (1972), Artur Pizarro (1990), Federico Colli (2012), and the most recent winner Eric Lu. Full details of the 2021 edition can be found here.