Russian pianist wins 2015 Leeds International Piano Competition

PIANO PRIZE: Russian pianist Anna Tcybuleva came first in 'The Leeds'. PIC: Alex Whitehead/SWPIX
PIANO PRIZE: Russian pianist Anna Tcybuleva came first in 'The Leeds'. PIC: Alex Whitehead/SWPIX
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Russian pianist Anna Tcybuleva’s grand showcase saw her awarded first prize at the prestigious Leeds International Piano Competition.

The 25-year-old scooped the £20,000 cash prize after seeing off competition from across the globe at Leeds Town Hall.

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This year’s competition, the 18th in its history, will be the last with Dame Fanny Waterman at the helm. Dame Fanny, who co-founded ‘the Leeds’ in 1961, announced she was stepping down last December after five decades in charge.

She said: “This has been a truly marvellous competition with some of the finest young pianists entering.

“To hear a talent as fine as Anna’s brings confidence that the Competition will continue to produce the greatest pianists in the world for many years to come.”

The next competition will take place in 2018.

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