14th May — 22nd May, Multiple — Multiple
Leeds Piano Festival
Piano Masterclass with Alessio Bax: £10.50
Lang Lang Foundation Scholars: £19.00
Sunwook Kim: £19.00
Lars Vogt: £19.00
Howard Assembly Room
46 New Briggate, Leeds, LS1 6NU
As part of its programme of expanding activities, the Leeds International Piano Competition is presenting the first of what is to be an annual Leeds Piano Festival, to take place in May 2018 in Leeds.
Leeds Piano Festival will feature distinguished past winners and alumni of the competition; Lars Vogt, Alessio Bax and Sunwook Kim.
There will also be appearances at the Leeds Piano Festival by the brilliant Young Scholars of the Lang Lang International Music Foundation, with which the festival has formed an important new strategic partnership. Three of the Scholars, all under the age of 19 and hand-picked by Lang Lang, will come to work in an extensive programme of outreach in Leeds.
Born in the German town of Düren in 1970, he first came to public attention when he won second prize at the 1990 Leeds International Piano Competition and has enjoyed a varied career for nearly twenty-five years. His versatility as an artist ranges from the core classical repertoire of Mozart, Beethoven, Schumann and Brahms to the romantics Grieg, Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninov through to the dazzling Lutoslawski concerto. Lars Vogt is now increasingly working with orchestras as a conductor and in September 2015 took up his post as Music Director of Royal Northern Sinfonia at Sage, Gateshead.
Pianist Alessio Bax’s quintessential lyricism, insightful interpretations, and dazzling facility create “a ravishing listening experience,” with playing that “quivers with an almost hypnotic intensity” (Gramophone), leading to what Dallas Morning News calls “an out-of-body experience.” First Prize winner at the Leeds and Hamamatsu International Piano Competitions and a 2009 Avery Fisher Career Grant recipient, he has appeared as soloist with more than 100 orchestras, including the London and Royal Philharmonic Orchestras, Dallas and Houston Symphonies, NHK Symphony in Japan, St. Petersburg Philharmonic with Yuri Temirkanov, and the City of Birmingham Symphony with Sir Simon Rattle.
London-based Sunwook Kim came to international recognition when he won the prestigious Leeds International Piano Competition in 2006, aged just 18. He became the competition’s youngest winner for 40 years, as well as its first Asian winner. His performance of Brahms’s Concerto No.1 with the Hallé Orchestra and Sir Mark Elder in the competition’s finals attracted unanimous praise from the press.
Lang Lang International Music Foundation Young Scholars
The Young Scholars Program has been in place since the Lang Lang Foundation’s launch in 2008, making it their longest running initiative. Applications are accepted every two years. After reviewing hundreds of applicants, Lang Lang personally selects a limited number of exceptionally talented young pianists from around the world, offering them mentorship, tutelage, and unique opportunities for performance. The Competition has recently agreed a partnership with the Lang Lang Foundation, which will include an annual visit by three of the programme’s Scholars. During their time in Leeds and London in May 2018, they will have performances at the Howard Assembly Room and Wigmore Hall, as well as take part in a number of learning and engagement activities with LIPC and the Wigmore Hall’s Education department.
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