LEEDS INTERNATIONAL PIANO COMPETITION 2012: Winners Named


The winners of the 2012 Leeds International Piano Competition have been named. They are as follows:

1st Prize: FEDERICO COLLI (Italy)
2nd Prize: LOUIS SCHWIZGEBEL (Switzerland)
3rd Prize: SUN JIAYAN (China)
4th Prize: ANDREJS OSOKINS (Latvia)
5th Prize: ANDREW TYSON (USA)
6th Prize: JAYSON GILLHAM (Australia)

It is interesting to note that both Osokins and Gillham were former 3rd prize winners of the London International Piano Competition (2009 and 2005 respectively). Louis Schwizgebel used to go by the name Louis Schwizgebel-Wang. The big surprises in this year's competition was the failures of Ilya Rashkovskiy (prizewinner in the Queen Elizabeth, Rubinstein, Vianna da Motta, Hong Kong International Piano Competition) and Di Wu (finalist in the last Van Cliburn competition) to progress beyond the first and second rounds of the Leeds respectively.

Broadcasts of the competition will be available soon at the competition website: www.leedspiano.com