The Leeds International Piano Competition, one of the world’s leading music competitions which has launched many international careers, announces details of the five pianists who will perform in the Finals of the 20th Edition of the Competition in Leeds this weekend (17-18 September). The five finalists, aged between 22 and 28, represent Israel, Japan, Kazakhstan, Ukraine and the UK.

The five finalists are:
Alim Beisembayev (23, Kazakhstan)
Dmytro Choni (28, Ukraine)
Thomas Kelly (22, United Kingdom)
Kaito Kobayashi (25, Japan)
Ariel Lanyi (23, Israel)

Adam Gatehouse, Artistic Director of The Leeds International Piano Competition, said ‘It has been a remarkable experience listening to these amazingly talented pianists tackling not only their solo repertoire but also some of the great works of chamber music in collaboration with these world-class chamber musicians. Deciding on who will go forward to the Concerto Finals has been a huge challenge for us all ok the jury, but I am certain that, whether watching live in Leeds Town Hall or to our live stream on, we are in for a very exciting and musically rewarding Final with the wonderful Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra under Andrew Manze.’

Over 60 pianists took part in the First Round earlier this year, before 22 pianists travelled to Leeds last week to compete in the Second Round and Semi-Finals. The 22 pianists represented 17 countries including Iran, Israel, Kazakhstan, Morocco and Peru, the competition’s most regionally diverse set of competitors in its 58-year history.

The Concerto Final performances take place at Leeds Town Hall with The Leeds’ new orchestral partners, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Andrew Manze, alongside an enhanced programme of activities during the Competition in Leeds. Audiences worldwide will be able to watch the Finals free of charge on and BBC Four, and can listen to the live broadcast on BBC Radio 3.

With a city-wide festival across the Competition’s own community piano trail, piano workshops for schools, masterclasses, discussions, industry lectures from major figures in classical music, and a special exhibition on the life and work of the late Dame Fanny Waterman, the competition aims to create a much-enriched experience for both competitors and audiences.

Watch replays of the First and Second Round performances here: