Many finalists and not only first prize winners, are currently pursuing highly successful international careers:
Michael Roll, 1st prize, 1963
Victoria Postnikova, 2nd prize, 1966
Radu Lupu, 1st prize, 1969
Murray Perahia, 1st prize, 1972
Dimitri Alexeev, 1st prize, 1975
Mitsuko Uchida, 2nd prize, 1975
Andras Schiff, 3rd prize, 1975
Myung-Whun Chung, 4th prize, 1975.
Michel Dalberto, 1st prize, 1978
Kathryn Stott, 5th prize, 1978
Berbard D’Ascoli, 3rd prize, 1981
Wolfgang Manz, 2nd prize, 1981
Peter Donohoe, 6th prize, 1981
John Kimura Parker, 1st prize, 1984
Louis Lortie, 4th prize, 1984
Noriko Ogawa, 3rd prize, 1987
Arthur Pizarro, 1st prize, 1990
Lars Vogt, 2nd prize, 1990
Leon McCawley, 2nd prize, 1993
Maxim Philippov, 5th prize, 1993
Ilya Itin, 1st prize, 1996
Alessio Bax, 1st prize, 2000.
Pianist Myung-Whun Chung, brother of violinist Kyung-Wha Chung also became an acclaimed conductor. His appointments include assistant conductor of the Los Angeles Philharmonic 1976-81 and music director of the Bastille Opera, Paris, from 1983.
The only other UK pianist to have won the Leeds was Ian Hobson in 1981 – at the second attempt. Hobson was awarded fourth prize in 1978.
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Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal presenting the Gold Medal to Michael Roll, 1963
Past winners, Michael Roll (1963), Raphael Orozco (1966), Radu Lupu (1969) at the 1972 competition