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Yaltah Menuhin Award for Leeds Piano Competition


The Leeds International Piano Competition is delighted to announce that The Yaltah Menuhin Award will be presented to the 2018 Competition pianist who demonstrates the greatest collaborative and empathetic qualities in the chamber performance of the semi-final.

Concert pianist Yaltah was the youngest sister of Yehudi and Hephzibah Menuhin. An early part of her career was spent as a recitalist, performing with leading violinists, violists and cellists including George Neikrug, Guy Fallot, Israel Baker and Michael Mann. Towards the end of her career she performed with the then very young rising star Nicola Benedetti.

After Yaltah's death in June 2001, a memorial fund was created in her name by Charlotte and Iain Phillips. The primary objective of the Yaltah Menuhin Memorial Fund is to help develop the talents of young pianists who have already demonstrated proof of their outstanding musical ability and promise in the practice of their art, by means of awards and bursaries. Current alumni are all in the process of growing their international careers and the distinguished French pianist Cecile Ousset is Honorary Patron of the Fund. Further information about Yaltah’s life and career can be found on www.yaltahmenuhin.com.   

It is a great honour for the Competition to have forged an alliance with the Yaltah Menuhin Memorial Fund. We hope that this will be a long association over future years and believe the Competition's ties with this Award to be a fitting tribute to the extraordinary talents of Yaltah Menuhin.

The Leeds International Piano Competition, founded in 1963 by Dame Fanny Waterman, is one of the most prestigious piano competitions in the world. The Competition is held every three years and brings the best young talent from all over the world to Leeds. Many of the greatest pianists of the past half-century came through ‘The Leeds’, including Murray Perahia, Mitsuko Uchida and Andras Schiff.

The next Competition will be held in September 2018 with Co-Artistic Directors Adam Gatehouse and Paul Lewis at the helm. The Yaltah Menuhin Award is part of a revamped prize package for the Competition which includes the winner opening up for the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic's 2018/2019 season and an opportunity to be managed by artist management group Askonas Holt. The Competition’s Patron is Murray Perahia, and their Global Ambassador is Lang Lang.

Please contact Jade Verbick for further information - jade.verbick@leedspiano.com | 0113 831 4107


Pianist magazine featured two full-length articles on the 'new look' Leeds inside issue No 94 (February-March 2017): An interview with the last Leeds winner Anna Tsybuleva and another with Artistic Directors Adam Gatehouse and Paul Lewis. The issue is still available as a digital back issue



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