It has helped to launch the careers of some of the world’s greatest pianists.
And every year dozens of musicians from across the world descend on Leeds to compete in the city’s renowned International Piano Competition.
And today the Yorkshire Evening Post has teamed up with ‘The Leeds’ which returns to the city later this month.
Over the coming weeks we will be going behind the scenes at the famous competition set up by Dame Fanny Waterman.
Nicola Furbisher, managing editor of the YEP, said: “The Leeds Piano Competition is a prestigious event that attracts some of the world’s most talented young pianists here to Yorkshire to put their musical skills to the ultimate test.
“We are delighted to be the media partners for this year’s competition and look forward to seeing these gifted musicians performing on stage here in Leeds.”
This year’s competition, which gets underway on August 26, features 71 pianists from over 17 countries who will compete in front of an international jury, chaired by Dame Fanny Waterman. The competition, known popularly as ‘The Leeds,’ was set up by Dame Fanny back in 1960s and over the years it has helped put Leeds at the forefront of classical music.
Dame Fanny, who will be stepping down as artistic director after this year’s event, said: “The Leeds has introduced to the world some of the greatest pianists of our time - the list is extremely long and very impressive.”
Chinese classical music superstar Lang Lang is a global ambassador and describes it as a “legendary” competition.
He said: “The Leeds is a vital part of the piano world, not just in Britain, but for aspiring students worldwide.”
‘The Leeds’ is held every three years with the two finals at Leeds Town Hall broadcast by the BBC.
For tickets go to www.leedstownhall.co.uk or call 0113 224 3801.