The roots of the CIPC were established in 1974 with a biennial competition to honor the great French pianist Robert Casadesus and the warm relationship he had with legendary Cleveland Orchestra conductor George Szell.  In the mid-1990s a reorganization reframed the governance and structure of the organization, and created the name under which it operates today.

In the years since, CIPC has grown from a single, biennial international competition into a fully-fledged arts organization.  The original Cleveland International Piano Competition is now on a four-year cycle, alternating every two years with CIPC for Young Artists, an international competition for pianists aged 12 to 17.  The organization also presents a year-long concert series in competition off years, and coordinates an extensive community outreach and education program designed to bring music into the lives of public school students, the elderly, and the community at large.

Cleveland International Piano Competition and Festival

Fifteen days of exquisite performances, informative symposia, and can’t-miss parties. In the end, audiences have experienced the best of the best and the First Prize winner takes home a prize of $75,000, a Carnegie Hall recital debut, a recording on the Steinway & Sons label, and the launch of a U.S. concert career. The next Competition and Festival will be held in 2020.

Cleveland International Piano Competition for Young Artists

An international competition for pianists between the ages of 12 and 17 that seeks to develop the performance capabilities of young piano students, renew their commitment to piano studies, and provide an important learning and development experience. The next CIPC for Young Artists competition will be held in 2022.

CIPC Concert Series

A full year of concerts featuring extraordinary musicians from around the world. In 2019 CIPC will present a divers array of concerts that are in keeping with the organizations ongoing activities that “celebrate the art of piano.” Past artists include the Westhuizen Duo, Marc-André Hamelin, and 2016 Mixon First Prize winner Nikita Mndoyants.

CIPC ArtsConnect

CIPC ArtsConnect, the major outreach and education program of the Cleveland International Piano Competition, is designed to bring music into all facets of the Greater Cleveland community.  The program works in partnership with a group of top-tier professional artists, community organizations, schools, healthcare institutions, and generous foundations to create innovative educational programs for  young people and present concerts that have broad based appeal for all generations.

Photos by Roger Mastroianni