New faces for piano comp

Paul Lewis & Adam Gatehouse
Paul Lewis & Adam Gatehouse

Paul Lewis and Adam Gatehouse are to become joint Artistic Directors of the Leeds International Piano Competition when Dame Fanny Waterman steps down from her role as Chairman & Artistic Director after the 2015 event (26 August – 13 September).

Dame Fanny, now 95, announced her decision to retire earlier this year.

Paul Lewis is internationally regarded as one of the world’s foremost pianists, while Adam Gatehouse is best-known as a senior Editor at BBC Radio 3 where he founded the BBC New Generation Artists scheme, which has fostered the careers of many leading artists in international music.

Together they aim to build on the great legacy of Dame Fanny who, having founded ‘the Leeds’ in 1961, created what is now widely viewed as one of the world’s most prestigious and influential piano competitions.