A little more than two years ago a select group of exceptionally talented young pianists surprised and delighted the audiences, critics, and jury members in attendance at the 2015 CIPC for Young Artists. The level of skill and poise displayed by the young virtuosos was, according to the Plain Dealer, “remarkable to behold,” and seasoned veterans of competition watching were captivated by their performances.
CIPC is pleased to announce that CIPC for Young Artists will be held again next year, presenting another opportunity for young pianists to hone their performance skills and audiences to catch an early look at rising stars.
The event will be held May 30 through June 9, 2018. Twenty pianists in two age groups will be invited to participate following a rigorous, worldwide preliminary screening round: ten in the junior division (ages 12 to 14) and ten in the senior division (ages 15 to 17). The opening ceremony, solo rounds, guest artist performances, and master classes will be held at the Cleveland Institute of Music. The final round, during which three finalists from each division will perform with the Canton Symphony Orchestra, will be held at the Maltz Performing Arts Center.
CIPC President and CEO Pierre van der Westhuizen said that he is delighted to once again host a competition at CIM, and made a point of praising the efforts of CIM President Paul Hogle to make it happen. “CIPC for Young Artists needs a lot of space, including practice rooms, both concert halls, facilities for social events, a jury deliberation room, and more,” van der Westhuizen explained. “It takes a lot of planning and advance scheduling to make it work – and Paul was an outstanding partner.”