Leeds International Pianoforte Competition: Winners to return to city

2009 finalist Alessandro Taverna.

2009 finalist Alessandro Taverna.

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WINNERS of the prestigious Leeds International Pianoforte Competition are to return to the city for a series of concerts in memory of one of the world’s greatest pianists.

The Rubinstein Recital concerts are named after pianist Arthur Rubinstein and are being organised by Dame Fanny Waterman, chairman and artistic director of the Pianoforte Competition in Leeds.

The concerts will take place in June, September and December at the Clothworkers Hall at the University of Leeds.

They will be performed by the top three performers at the most recent Leeds International Pianoforte Competition, in 2009.

Arthur Rubinstein was born in Poland in 1887, and died in Switzerland in 1982 aged 95.

He began playing piano at the age of two and was recognised as a child prodigy by the time he was four.

He performed around the world and his recordings are still treasured as some of the greatest interpretations of the work of the great pianoforte composers.

Dame Fanny said: “At the age of 91 I can still recall the magisterial performances of Arthur Rubinsten and his magnetic interpretations of the great masterpieces of our piano literature.

“All aspiring young pianists should take every opportunity to listen to his recordings, which should not only be an education but an inspiration.”

The first performance on June 5 will be by Alexej Gorlatch from the Ukraine, who came second in the 2009 competition. The second performance on September 4 will be by Alessandro Taverno from Italy, who was third.

The final performance on December 11 will be the 2009 winner Sofya Gulyak, from Russia. All the performances will start at 3pm.

Dane Fanny said: “This event is intended to be a tribute to one of the greatest pianists of all time and is a testament dedicated to his memory. I have requested that their programmes should include a major work from his repertoire.”

The Leeds International Pianoforte Competition was launched by Dame Fanny in 1961 and takes place every three years. The next is scheduled for 2012.

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