In 2021 Ariel won 3rd Prize (The Roslyn Lyons Bronze Medal) at the Leeds International Piano Competition, performing Brahms Concerto No.2 with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Andrew Manze in the Finals.


In the same year he was a prize winner in the inaugural Young Classical Artists Trust (London) and Concert Artists Guild (New York) International Auditions.

Last summer Ariel made his debut at Wigmore Hall and participated in the Marlboro Music Festival in Vermont, alongside renowned artists such as Mitsuko Uchida and Jonathan Biss. His recording of music by Schubert for Linn Records was also released.

Other recent highlights include live concerts (for release online) for the Vancouver Recital Society in Canada and the Banco de la República in Colombia. As soloist he appeared with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra and performed Beethoven’s Concerto No.2 at the Royal Academy of Music.

This season Ariel returns to Wigmore Hall, the Miami International Piano Festival and Marlboro Music Festival, and undertakes a solo tour of Argentina. He gives concerts in the Homburg MeisterKonzert series in Germany, the Menton Festival in France, Perth Concert Hall (broadcast by BBC Radio 3) and across the UK including the Brighton and Bath festivals. As soloist he performs concertos by Mozart and Brahms with orchestras in Israel, Russia and the USA.

Previous highlights include recitals at the deSingel Arts Centre in Antwerp (stepping in for Till Fellner), Salle Cortot in Paris and a performance of Mozart's Concerto, K.491 with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. Conductors whom he has in the past collaborated with include Yi-An Xu, Peter Whelan, and Trevor Pinnock. He regularly appears in concerts broadcast live on Israeli radio and television and on Radio France.

Born in Jerusalem in 1997, in 2021 Ariel completed his studies at the Royal Academy of Music in London with Ian Fountain, having studied with the late Hamish Milne. Prior to this, he studied at the High School and Conservatory of the Jerusalem Academy of Music, first with Lea Agmon, later with Yuval Cohen. Whilst there, he also studied violin and composition.

An avid chamber musician, Ariel has collaborated with leading members of the Berliner Philharmoniker and the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, as well as with eminent musicians such as Maria João Pires, Marina Piccinini, Charles Neidich, and Torleif Thedéen. Festival appearances include the Hvide Sande (Denmark), Ravello (Italy), Ausseer Festsommer (Austria), Bosa Antica (Sardinia) and Israel Festivals.

Ariel has received extensive tuition from eminent artists such as Robert Levin, Murray Perahia, Imogen Cooper, Leif Ove Andsnes, Steven Osborne, and the late Leon Fleisher and Ivan Moravec. Awards include 1st Prize at the 2018 Grand Prix Animato Competition in Paris and 1st Prize in the Dudley International Piano Competition, as well as a finalist award at the Rubinstein Competition.

In 2012 he released Romantic Profiles on LYTE records, an album featuring music by Schumann, Liszt, Brahms, and Janáček. Ariel is a Countess of Munster Recital Scheme Artist.

Ariel is a recipient of the Munster Trust Mark James Star Award and the Senior Award of the Hattori Foundation.

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Press reviews

“Ariel Lanyi put on a brilliant performance at the master concert in Homburg... The young star's virtuosity and sheer orchestral sonority is unbelievable."

Saarlander Zeitung / Homburg / March 2022 

...thoughtful and polished, cool, calm and collected, seasoned and experienced stage presence, scholarly portrayal, wide-scoped perspective.

Interlude / Reflections on the Leeds Piano Competition / September 2021

...a special gift stands out, which is poetry. Lanyi plays the six Moments musicaux so intimately that he might be playing for himself while the listener eavesdrops.

Fanfare / Linn Records Schubert CD / October 2021

This special talent is based on two qualities: innate intelligence and a sense of flawless rhythm. He has that specific combination of brain and heart.

Rudy Tambuyser, Cultuurpakt


To book Ariel please contact:

UK & Europe

Sue Hudson – Senior Artist Manager [email protected]

0207 379 8477

North America 

Chris Williams – Senior Vice President, Artist Management and Partnerships [email protected]

(212)-333-5200 ext. 1002

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