Leeds International Piano Competition launches new award

Charlotte Smith2nd May 2012
2009 Leeds competition winner Sofya Gulyak on stage with Sir Mark Elder and the 2009 Leeds competition winner Sofya Gulyak on stage with Sir Mark Elder and the Hallé (photo: Ben Duffy)

The Leeds International Piano Competition, which takes place this year between August 29 and September 16, has added a new prize to its 17th edition. The Terence Judd-Hallé Award will be an orchestra prize in memory of pianist Terence Judd, who was a pupil of competition founder Dame Fanny Waterman. Members of The Hallé and music director Sir Mark Elder will select one the of the six Leeds finalists to receive the award, which includes £5000 cash, at least three paid engagements and a possible recording on The Hallé label.

Founded in 1961, the Leeds competition is held every three years and has been instrumental in launching the careers of pianists including Murray Perahia, Radu Lupu, András Schiff, Mitsuko Uchida and Lars Vogt.

This year’s six finalists will perform with the Hallé conducted by Sir Mark Elder on September 14 and 15, broadcast on BBC 4 and BBC Radio 3. A panel of judges chaired by Dame Fanny Waterman will select the winner, who receives £18,000 cash and a range of high profile engagements with UK and international orchestras.

Tickets for the competition are available from June 1. See www.leedsconcertseason.com for details.

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