Leeds International Piano Competition announces new partnership and appointments3:36, 11th June 2019
Several major artistic and administrative developments have been announced today by the Leeds International Piano Competition.
A new partnership between The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and The Leeds will see the Liverpool Philharmonic return to accompany the Concerto Finals for the first time since 1975 at the next competition in September 2021, conducted by Liverpool Philharmonic’s principal guest conductor Andrew Manze (pictured). The partnership will extend the range of opportunities offered to the competition finalists, including a concerto performance for the winner to open Liverpool Philharmonic’s 2021/22 season and lunchtime concerts for the second and third prize winners.
Pianist Imogen Cooper has been announced as chair of the competition jury and will work closely with the competition’s artistic director Adam Gatehouse to assemble an international artist-led jury and help shape the repertoire for the next competition. Gatehouse commented: ‘I am thrilled that Imogen Cooper, an artist I have long admired, will chair the jury and bring all of her artistic integrity, authority and international repute to us and the wonderful pianists who compete in the competition.’
Also announced is the appointment of Ken Beaty as chair of the board of trustees, beginning in July 2019, when Sir Vernon Ellis steps down following his successful tenure which began in 2015. Beaty described himself as ‘proud and delighted’ to have been appointed to chair the board of trustees, adding: ‘I look forward with huge optimism and enthusiasm to working with the executive team and trustees as we continue to build The Leeds’ global position and influence.’