CIPC Announces New President and CEO
The Cleveland International Piano Competition announced today that Yaron Kohlberg has been retained as the President and CEO, effective September 1, 2018. Mr. Kohlberg will direct the overall management and operations of the CIPC and will work with the Board of Directors to implement the organization’s mission to become the preeminent international piano competition in the world.
“We are thrilled to welcome one of our winners back to Cleveland. Yaron has impressed all with his piano virtuosity, outgoing spirit, and indefatigable energy. As a past medalist, he recognizes the critical impact such an accolade has on a professional career. He sees great potential for increasing the prestige and reach of CIPC and is eager to embrace the work necessary to achieve that growth,” said Jill Goubeaux Clark, Chair of the CIPC Board of Directors. “We know he will build a dynamic synergy with our patrons and donors, and we look forward to Yaron’s joining our musical community.”
A native of Israel, Yaron Kohlberg, born in Jerusalem, is among today’s top Israeli pianists. He has played in major halls in forty countries spanning five continents and has more than ten international prizes, including the second prize at the 2007 CIPC. His performances have won critical acclaim, and he was described by international media as “the pianist with the golden hands”. Mr. Kohlberg, who speaks six languages, resides today in China, where he appears regularly in various concerts and giving masterclasses and workshops in Chinese.
In recent years Mr. Kohlberg has teamed up with his friend Bishara Haroni to form the highly successful Duo Amal piano duo. He also cooperates regularly with top musicians and ensembles around the globe. Mr. Kohlberg holds a graduate degree (with distinction) from the Buchmann-Mehta school of music of Tel Aviv University and is a student of the late Luisa Yoffe as well as Eitan Globerson and Arie Vardi. In some of his concerts he combines classical music with new arrangements of popular and world music.
CIPC for Young Artists Ends on a Festive Note
The winners of the Cleveland International Piano Competition for Young Artists were announced at an award ceremony on Saturday June 9, following an exciting final round the previous night. After nine days of performances, fourteen-year-old Eva Gevorgyan of Russia was named first prize winner of the junior division and Xuaoxuan Li age 16, of China was named first prize winner of the senior division.
After the prizes were awarded the six finalists performed encore recitals for an enthusiastic audience that came to hear the young prodigies one last time.
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Audience Favorite to Perform at Opening Ceremony
Leonid Nediak may have been the ultimate expression of the spirit of the 2015 Young Artists competition. Barely 12 years old at the time, he looked to many like a small boy about to perform in his first recital. Within seconds of the start of his first performance, however, the impression was quickly dispelled. Young Leonid was thoroughly in command of the keyboard, as well as a daunting repertoire of Haydn, Chopin, Rachmaninoff, and Beethoven. He went on to win second prize in the Junior Division and, not surprisingly, the audience favorite prize.
CIPC is delighted that Leonid accepted an invitation to perform at the opening ceremony for the 2018 Cleveland International Piano Competition for Young Artists, which will be held on Wednesday, May 30, 7:00 pm at the Cleveland Institute of Music (Kulas Hall). He will perform solo works, then collaborate with Cleveland’s Contemporary Youth Orchestra to present the first movement of Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2. Liza Grossman will conduct.
At the intermission, WCLV’S Robert Conrad will introduce all of the 2018 contestants and a reception will be held immediately following. Tickets for the concert and reception are $35 and can be purchased by calling 216-707-5397 or clicking here.
Winners to be Announced at Award Ceremony, Day After Final Round
In a break from CIPC tradition, winners of the first, second, and third prizes of both the Junior and Senior Divisions of the Young Artists competition will be announced at an award ceremony rather than immediately following the final round. Special prize winners also will be announced at the ceremony, which will be held on Saturday, June 9, 6:30 pm in Gartner Auditorium at the Cleveland Museum of Art. CIPC’s Artistic Director, Paul Schenly, will announce the Junior and Senior Division winners, and WCLV’s Bill O’Connell will announce the special prizes. All prize winners will receive their awards onstage from the individual donors. After all prizes have been announced, the six finalists will present short encores from their solo performances.
Tickets for the award ceremony are $25 and $35 and can be purchased by calling 216-707-5397 or clicking here.