The Leeds International Piano Competition, with which the festival has had a longstanding relationship, is one of the most prestigious prizes in classical music
In the concerto finals of the 2018 competition one of the standout performances was given by the young German pianist Mario Häring, in his wonderfully poised account of Beethoven’s 1st Piano Concerto. He was awarded the 2nd prize and the Yaltah Menuhin Award for the best chamber music performance. Since completing his studies in Berlin, he has already made his debut with the Berlin Symphony Orchestra and has been a guest at festivals including Braunschwig, Lucerne and the International Steinway Festival. His stunning pianism will be heard to great effect in Schubert’s Sonata in A minor D784 and Debussy’s painterly Estampes.
‘Even more impressive was Beethoven’s youthful Concerto No 1 in C major, as delivered by the German pianist Mario Häring. His sound was clean and authoritative, and every note in the passagework sang out, with even the scales having their own beauty; the largo was marked by emotional restraint, and the rondo by a spring-heeled sense of release; Beethoven’s sound-world was realised with unusual fidelity.’
“A most sensitive musician with immense pianistic abilities and powerful expression”
LARS VOGT, Pianist