The Leeds International Piano Competition has announced today that Murray Perahia KBE will become its new Patron from 1 June 2017 onwards (Mr Perahia succeeds Dame Janet Baker, who stepped down after the 2015 Competition). Since winning the fourth Leeds International Piano Competition in 1972, Mr Perahia has had a truly remarkable career, working with some of the world’s finest conductors, orchestras and soloists.
He said: “I am delighted to become the next Patron of the Leeds International Piano Competition. The Leeds has a special place in my heart as it gave me undreamt of opportunities that I am forever grateful for; not only important concerts but also the chance to meet leading musicians and people I very much admired. I wish the same for the competitors today. Music is a difficult vocation and at a certain point, pianists need a platform from which they can perform and a chance to meet other musicians. The Leeds is constantly developing in different ways to meet the needs of young artists and I am very happy to be part of that.”
Askonas Holt is delighted to be working in partnership with the Leeds International Piano Competition, offering management to one of the winners as part of the competition’s new enhanced winning package, which aims to help winners develop significant long-term careers. Read more about the new package here.