Alim Beisembayev

23-year-old Alim Beisembayev from Kazakhstan won the 20th edition of the Leeds International Piano Competition. In addition to First Prize, Alim Beisembayev also won the Audience Prize, voted for by the public, and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Society Prize for performance of a 20th/21st century work.

Beisembayev is the first prize-winner from Kazakhstan in the history of the Leeds International Piano Competition. He is awarded a £25,000 cash prize and The Waterman Gold Medal, as well as a career-changing prize package which includes worldwide management with Askonas Holt, a recording contract with Warner Classics and a European tour organized with partners Steinway & Sons.

Currently, Beisembayev is completing his Master’s degree at the Royal College of Music with professors Vanessa Latarche and Dmitry Alexeev.

Second Prize and the Marion Thorpe Silver Medal was awarded to Kaito Kobayashi from Japan followed by Ariel Lanyi from Israel who received the Third Prize and the Roslyn Lyons Bronze Medal.

Fourth Prize was awarded to Dmytro Choni, Ukraine, and Thomas Kelly, UK received Fifth Prize.

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