2016 Cleveland International Piano Competition And Festival


The world-reknown Cleveland International Piano Competition (CIPC) is held every three years for artists ages 18 to 30, rotating with the CIPC Young Artists Competition (artists ages 12 t0 18) and a year-long concert series.  The triennial rotation is new in 2015; until 2013 the two competitions were held biennially.

CIPC engages an audience of 10 to 15,000 over a period of 15 days, and culminates in two sold-out performances at Severance Hall that feature the four finalists performing with The Cleveland Orchestra.  Throughout this period symposia, films, discussion groups, and social events provide multiple opportunities for patrons to engage in experiences that enhance their understanding of the performances and enjoyment of piano music.

Highlights for the contestants include:

  • Opportunity to perform in the final round with the Cleveland Orchestra in Severance Hall.
  • Opportunity to perform in the final round with the Escher String Quartet.
  • More than $260,000 in cash prizes, including the Mixon First Prize of USD 75,000.
  • Winner’s prize also includes three years of management services, a New York debut, and a CD recording on the Steinway & Sons label.
  • All contestants perform two rounds before the first jury vote.
  • Accommodations and meals provided during the competition.

Applications are now being accepted. Application deadline is December 1, 2015.  Click here for more information.