Twenty-five-year old Russian Anna Tcybuleva has been awarded the first prize at the Leeds International Piano Competition. This winner receives a £20,000 cash prize with Gold Medal and the Champs Hill Records Award enabling her to record her debut solo CD at the Music Room, Champs Hill.

Second prize was awarded to Heejae Kim, 28 from South Korea. Third prize was awarded to Vitaly Pisarenko, 28 from Russia. Fourth prize was awarded to Drew Petersen, 21 from USA. Fifth prize was awarded to Tomoki Kitamura, 24 from Japan. The sixth prize was awarded to Yun Wei, 21 from China.

The Terence Judd – Hallé Orchestra Prize, in memory of a brilliant young pianist and past pupil of Dame Fanny Waterman was awarded to Heejae Kim, 28, from South Korea.

The eighteenth edition of the Competition (26 August – 13th September 2015) was judged by this jury: Nikolai Demidenko, Pascal Devoyon, Daniel Evans, Adam Gatehouse, Tong-Il Han, Jerome Lowenthal, Robert McDonald, Anne Queffélec Marios Papadopoulos, Boris Petrushansky and Eleanor Wong, chaired by Leeds International Piano Competition’s own Dame Fanny Waterman.

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