Leeds International Piano Competition First Round - New York City

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The DiMenna Center for Classical Music - Norman S. Benzaquen Hall

450 West 37th Street

New York, NY 10018

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For the first time in its 55 year history, the Leeds International Piano Competition is taking its First Round to the competitors. The First Round will be held in three cities around the world that are hubs for classical piano teaching and performance: Berlin, Singapore and New York City.

Come join us in New York City at the DiMenna Center Mary Flagler Cary Hall to witness the top young pianists from around the world at their best. 17 pianists will be competing for the opportunity to advance to the next stage of the Competition to be held in Leeds 6-15 September.

Each competitor will present a solo piano programme featuring two or more contrasting works, one from the baroque or classical period and one from either the early or late romantic period and / or early 20th Century. Their performances will be judged by Co-Artistic Director Adam Gatehouse, Noriko Ogawa, Marna Seltzer, and Thomas Hübsch. Learn more about the jury here and click here to learn more about all the competitors.

Seats are first come first serve. Programmes and merchandise will be available for purchase at the event.

Note: Limited seating available so make sure to reserve your place now!


11 April

Session 1: 13.30 - 17.00

Session 2: 18.00 - 22.00

12 April

Session 3: 14.00 - 17.00

Show up for one session or spend the day with us.


What are my transport/parking options for getting to and from the event?


7 train to 34th Street – Hudson Yards

A, C, E trains to 34th Street and 8th Avenue

1, 2, 3, LIRR trains to 34th Street and 7th Avenue

N, R, Q, B, D, F, M trains to 34th Street and 6th Avenue

N, Q, R, S, 1, 2, 3, 7 trains to Times Square 42nd Street and 7th Avenue

M11 bus to 38th Street and 9th Avenue

M42 bus to 42nd Street and 10th Avenue


Park at Access 37 Parking on 37th Street and 9th Avenue for up to 12 hours for only $20! To take advantage of this discount, present your parking ticket at The DiMenna Center’s lobby desk and request a validation stamp. This discount is good seven days a week, 24 hours a day, including days when the Special Event rate is in effect.

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Street parking outside the building is limited. Standing is permitted only for trucks loading and unloading, 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM, except on Sundays. For more information about local parking regulations, visit

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Please contact us at or +44 113 244 6586

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