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Leah Nicholson

Wednesday 29th March 2023 at 7:30pm

Clitheroe Royal Grammar School Sixth Form Centre, York St., Clitheroe, BB7 2DJ

Leah Nicholson ~ Piano

Leah Nicholson began studying with Galina Sandovskaya in St Petersburg, Russia, before continuing her musical education at Chetham’s School of Music with John Gough and Dr Murray McLachlan. In 2018 she was awarded a Fellowship of the Royal Schools of Music in Solo Piano Performance Diploma and subsequently won a scholarship to further her studies at the Royal Academy of Music in London, with Professor Tessa Nicholson.

She has won top prizes at numerous competitions internationally and throughout the UK, including the 2014 International Chopin Festival in Mazovia, Poland, Polyphonica International Competition in St. Petersburg, Russia, the Scottish International Youth Piano Competition, the Loretto James Waterhouse Piano Competition, EPTA Piano Competition UK and Chetham’s Bösendorfer Piano Competition. Leah is also the youngest ever winner of the Keldwyth Young Musicians Award.

Leah frequently performs in concerts and has appeared in many venues across Europe including the Wigmore Hall in London, Steinway Hall (UK), Sage Gateshead in Newcastle, Bridgewater Hall and Stoller Hall in Manchester, Petrikirche in St. Petersburg, Russia, and Kadriorg Palace in Tallinn, Estonia. As a result of winning Chetham’s Concerto Competition, she performed Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No.2 with Chetham’s Orchestra conducted by David Chatterton, and has also performed Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No.1 and Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No.3 under the baton of conductors such as Ryan Bancroft and Leon Reimer.

As a developing artist, Leah has performed in master classes for renowned artists including Christopher Elton, Peter Frankl, John Gough, Anthony Hewitt, Stephen Hough, Eugen Indjic, Piers Lane, Leon McCawley, Pascal Nemirovsky, Noriko Ogawa, Martin Roscoe, and Ory Shihor.


Scarlatti – Sonata in D minor, L.108

Beethoven Sonata in E major, Op.109

Janacek – Sonata, 1.X, 1905

Rachmaninov – Sonata No.2 in B flat, Op. 36

Ravel – Noctuelles and Oiseaux Tristes from ‘Miroirs’

Scriabin – Fantasie, Op.28

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All concerts are on Wednesdays at 7:30pm and take place at Clitheroe Royal Grammar School Sixth Form Centre.