Fiona Sinclair to head Leeds piano competition
Fiona Sinclair, currently head of Lancaster Arts, is to be the next chief executive of the Leeds International Piano Competition.
She will succeed Mark Wingate on October 1 when the current competition has closed. She will work alongside joint artistic directors Paul Lewis and Adam Gatehouse.
A former CEO of the Lancashire Sinfonietta, Sinclair had an orchestral career as a viola player before going into management. “I grew up watching the competition on TV with my dad, and internationally it has always represented the very pinnacle of musical excellence” she said. “I am particularly excited by the challenge of connecting with new audiences as we seek to redefine the Competition for the future, both at home and on our global platforms.”
The competition was founded in 1963 by local piano teacher Fanny Waterman The first Leeds International Piano Competition took place in 1963. She was the fitst artistic director, was made a dame in 2005 and required in 2015. The Leeds has become truly international, with this year prelimary rounds being held inBerlin, New York and Singaporeas well as Leeds.
Previous winners include Radu Lupu and Murray Perahia, who is now the competition’s patron.