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Paul Lewis and Adam Gatehouse, artistic directors of The Leeds

Katy Wright

Deputy Editor, Classical Music

University of Leeds renews partnership with Leeds Piano

12:57, 5th February 2018

The University of Leeds has renewed its partnership with the Leeds International Piano Competition, extending its financial support and ensuring that international audiences will be able to experience performances live and on-demand via medici.tv.

The University will provide accommodation to all 24 pianists from around the world during the later stages of the Competition, meaning all competitors will stay in one place for the first time. Its Great Hall will provide the backdrop for the second round and semi-final performances, and the Clothmakers’ Centenary Concert Hall will host numerous masterclasses and talks with competitors and competition alumni.

The Competition will work closely with the University’s School of Music, extending its reach through educational activities and events, and offering students formal work placements, paid internships and mentoring opportunities, as well as support for course work and career advice from competition staff and alumni. It will be represented at the University’s annual research open day in March, providing opportunities for children and families to play, experience, and be inspired by the piano.

The University of Leeds’s relationship with The Leeds has been further strengthened by the donation of the personal archive of competition co-founder Dame Fanny Waterman, as well as the competition’s archive; both now form part of the University Library’s Special Collections.

Professor Hai-Sui Yu, pro-vice-chancellor: international at the University of Leeds, said: ‘The innovations of streaming and heats across three continents resonate with the University’s own view of the role and potential of culture: that it should be accessible, democratic and enriching. The Leeds encompasses all three of these attributes, and those who are enhancing it for the modern era are doing so with a respect for its illustrious past while setting an innovative and ambitious course for its future.’

Mark Wingate, chief executive of Leeds International Piano Competition, described the University of Leeds as one of the competition’s ‘most significant partners’, adding: ‘Its unstinting provision has played an integral role in the global success of the Competition.

‘Our shared belief in the value of the transformative power of culture will be much enhanced by our collaboration both in Yorkshire and through global streaming of the Competition, and we are grateful to the University for enabling us to take the great city of Leeds to the world in a new way.’


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