Leeds International Piano Competition 2021 semi-finalists revealed with finals this weekend

By Megan Banner

The 2021 Leeds International Piano Competition is currently putting 10 pianists through their paces in three days of semi-finals.

The latest round began yesterday and will end on September 14, before the finals are held this weekend.

The 10 semi-finalists represent nine countries: China, Israel, Japan, Kazakhstan, Peru, Russia, South Korea, United Kingdom and Ukraine.

You can catch up with their performances on the competition website.

Five finalists will be announced following the semi-finals results on September 14.

The pianists in the semi-finals are:

  • Alim Beisembayev (23, Kazakhstan),
  • Dmytro Choni (28, Ukraine),
  • Thomas Kelly (22, United Kingdom),
  • Elizaveta Kliuchereva (22, Russia),
  • Kaito Kobayashi (25, Japan),
  • Ariel Lanyi (23, Israel),
  • Yuzhang Li (22, China),
  • Priscilla Navarro (27, Peru),
  • Hyunjin Roh (20, South Korea)
  • Xiaolu Zang (21, China).

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All rounds have so far been streamed worldwide by medici.tv, with the semi-finals and finals to be broadcast by BBC Radio 3 and the finals aired live on BBC Four from 7pm on Friday and Saturday.

The Concerto Final performances will take place at Leeds Town Hall with Leeds’ new orchestral partners, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Andrew Manze.

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