Leeds International Piano Competition 2015

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01Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert20150908

Sarah Walker introduces highlights from the semi-finals stage of the Leeds International Piano Competition, from the Great Hall at the University of Leeds.

Founded in 1961 and still led by Dame Fanny Waterman, the competition gives a platform to some of the most exciting emerging pianists. The stakes are high, competition fierce; past winners include Radu Lupu, Murray Perahia and Dmitri Alexeev. This year more than three hundred pianists from all over the world entered. Having taken part in two preceding rounds, now, at the semi-finals stage, just twelve outstanding pianists remain. Over the week, there's an opportunity to hear from all twelve - today we hear concert highlights from the first three.

02Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert20150909

02Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert20150909

Sarah Walker introduces further highlights from the semi-finals stage of the Leeds International Piano Competition, held in the Great Hall at the University of Leeds. From more than 300 global entries, just twelve pianists have reached the semi-finals stage. Over the week, there's an opportunity to hear from all twelve - today we hear concert highlights from the second group of three.

02Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert20150909

Sarah Walker introduces further highlights from the semi-finals stage of the Leeds International Piano Competition, held in the Great Hall at the University of Leeds. From more than 300 global entries, just twelve pianists have reached the semi-finals stage. Over the week, there's an opportunity to hear from all twelve - today we hear concert highlights from the second group of three.

02Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert20150909

Sarah Walker introduces further highlights from the semi-finals stage of the Leeds International Piano Competition, held in the Great Hall at the University of Leeds. From more than 300 global entries, just twelve pianists have reached the semi-finals stage. Over the week, there's an opportunity to hear from all twelve - today we hear concert highlights from the second group of three.

03Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert20150910

03Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert20150910

Sarah Walker introduces more concert highlights from the semi-finals of the Leeds International Piano Competition, held in the Great Hall at the University of Leeds. After two preliminary stages, just twelve outstanding young pianists remain from the 79 invited to Leeds. Over the week, there's an opportunity to hear all the semi-finalists. Today, in the third of this week's series of lunchtime concerts, we hear from a further three contenders hoping to secure a place in the upcoming final.

03Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert20150910

Sarah Walker introduces more concert highlights from the semi-finals of the Leeds International Piano Competition, held in the Great Hall at the University of Leeds. After two preliminary stages, just twelve outstanding young pianists remain from the 79 invited to Leeds. Over the week, there's an opportunity to hear all the semi-finalists. Today, in the third of this week's series of lunchtime concerts, we hear from a further three contenders hoping to secure a place in the upcoming final.

04Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert20150911

04Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert20150911

Sarah Walker concludes Radio 3's coverage of the semi-finals stage of the 2015 Leeds International Piano Competition with highlights from three more of the twelve semi-finalists' programmes, performed in the Great Hall at the University of Leeds.

04Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert20150911

Sarah Walker concludes Radio 3's coverage of the semi-finals stage of the 2015 Leeds International Piano Competition with highlights from three more of the twelve semi-finalists' programmes, performed in the Great Hall at the University of Leeds.