Finalists Announced for 2021 Leeds International Piano Competition

Finalists Announced for 2021 Leeds International Piano Competition

24 finalists from 18 countries will compete in the competition’s final rounds in September.

Leeds International Piano Competition has announced the pianists that will take part in the final rounds of the competition. The 24 pianists are from 18 countries across Europe, North America, Asia, South America and Africa and are aged between 21 and 29. 

The first round of the competition took place earlier this month in 17 locations in London, Berlin, Paris, Beijing, Tokyo, Seoul and New York. The jury viewed all 62 competitors’ 25-minute recitals online from 6 to 10 April. 

The second round, semi-finals and finals of the competition will take place at the University of Leeds and Leeds Town Hall this September. All rounds will be streamed online, with the semi-finals and finals to be broadcast by BBC Radio 3 and the finals will also air on BBC Four.

Commenting on this year’s competition, Adam Gatehouse, Artistic Director and juror, said:

As the Leeds International Piano Competition prepares to celebrate its 20th Edition in September this year it’s particularly fitting that the competition, which has transformed the lives and careers of so many pianists from all over the world, should be welcoming its most internationally diverse group of brilliant young pianists in its history to go forward to the second round in Leeds. 

It is, I believe, a sign of hope and optimism for the future that we have been able to harness the best of digital technology, combined with the best of young pianistic talent worldwide, to make this happen in such a ground-breaking way.

The performances in the final will take place with the competition’s new orchestra partners, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, conducted by Andrew Manze. There will also be a programme of events and activities across Leeds during the finals, including a piano trail, piano workshops for schools, masterclasses, discussions, lectures and a special exhibition on the life and work of the late Dame Fanny Waterman, the British pianist and founder of the Leeds International Piano Competition who died in December 2020. 

See the full list of competitors below. For more, visit

2021 Finalists
Nour Ayadi (21, Morocco)
Alim Beisembayev (22, Kazakhstan)
Dmytro Choni (27, Ukraine)
Federico Gad Crema (21, Italy)
Galyna Gusachenko (28. Ukraine)
Arseniy Gusev (22, Russia)
Tyler Hay (26, Britain)
So Hyang In (29, South Korea)
Thomas Kelly (22, Britain)
Elizaveta Kliuchereva (21, Russia)
Kaito Kobayashi (25, Japan)
Maximilian Kromer (24, Austria)
Lucas Krupinski (28, Poland)
Ariel Lanyi (23, Israel)
Ying Li (23, China)
Yuzhang Li (21, China)
Lovre Marusic (28, Croatia)
Priscila Navarro (26, Peru)
Hyunjin Roh (20, South Korea)
Arash Rokni (27, Iran)
Victoria Vassilenko (28, Bulgaria)
Tony (Yike) Yang (22, Canada)
Gabriel Yeo (22, Germany)
Xiaolu Zang (21, China)

Published on 21 April 2021

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