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.
Drew Petersen, Ran Dank & Soyeon Lee to Headline Guest Artist Series
Drew Petersen, the dynamic winner of the 2017 American Pianists Awards, will present the first of two outstanding evening concerts during the Young Artists competition on Monday, June 4, 8:00 pm at the Cleveland Institute of Music (Mixon Hall). Mr. Petersen was presented at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall at age five and by age ten performed a solo recital at Steinway Hall in Manhattan to celebrate the company’s 150th anniversary. He graduated cum laude from Harvard University at age 19 and matriculated at The Juilliard School for his undergraduate and graduate music studies, the former as a recipient of the prestigious Kovner Fellowship. He recently was accepted into the prestigious Artist Diploma program at The Juilliard School. His unique gifts have been profiled in The New York Times, New York Magazine, the documentary Just Normal, and Andrew Solomon’s book, Far from the Tree.
Mr. Petersen will present a diverse program, opening with Beethoven’s Sonata No. 5, and including works by Chopin, Charles Tomlinson Griffes, and Samuel Barber.
Ran Dank and Soyeon Lee will present the second concert of the series on Thursday, June 7, 8:00 pm, also in Mixon Hall. CIPC welcomes both artists back to Cleveland: Mr. Dank was a medalist at the 2007 competition; Ms. Lee was a medalist in 2003. In the ensuing years, they have established highly successful performance and teaching careers, married, and begun a family together. Mr. Dank and Ms. Lee perform extensively both as solo artists and as a duo for engagements in the U.S., Europe, and Israel.
In addition to her top prize in Cleveland, Ms. Lee was first prize winner of the Naumburg International Piano Competition and the Concert Artist Guild International Competition, and a laureate of the Santander International Piano Competition. She has been lauded by the New York Times as a pianist with “a huge, richly varied sound, a lively imagination and a firm sense of style,” and by the Washington Post for her “stunning command of the keyboard.”
The recipient of numerous honors, Mr. Dank won a coveted place on the Young Concert Artists roster in 2009. Highly praised for his dazzling technique and intellectually probing artistry, he was a laureate of the Naumburg International Piano Competition and the Sydney International Piano Competition, and first prize winner of the Hilton Head International Piano Competition.
Ms. Lee and Mr. Dank will present a fantastic program of solo and duo works in Cleveland, including Igor Stravinsky’s revolutionary “The Rite of Spring” arranged for piano four hands. Tickets for each concert are $25 and can be purchased by calling 216-707-5397 or clicking below.
Right on cue for spring, the brightest young talent from music schools and conservatories worldwide will soon arrive in Cleveland to compete in the 2018 Cleveland International Piano Competition for Young Artists. This 11-day event made its debut as an international counterpart to CIPC in 2015, with the sensational young pianists demonstrating skill, poise and a joy in performing that quickly captured the hearts and minds of all in attendance.
The young artists will compete for prizes and engagements in two age groups: Juniors (age 12 to 14) and Seniors (age 15 to 17). The first three rounds will be held in Mixon Hall at the Cleveland Institute of Music. An international jury of renowned pianists will vote to advance a diminishing number of contestants until three finalists in each age group remain. The finalists will then perform with the Canton Symphony Orchestra in the Maltz Performing Arts Center at Case Western Reserve University to determine the winners. Gerhardt Zimmermann will conduct. The announcement of the winners at an award ceremony, followed by encore performances by the winners and a celebratory party, will conclude the event on a festive note at the Cleveland Museum of Art.