CIPC Newsletter: Fall 2019

What an incredible summer it was! CIPC hosted the first-of-its-kind Competition Preparatory Camp for Young Artists at Baldwin-Wallace University and concluded our 2019 Concert Series with Shai Wosner and Orion Weiss playing an unforgettable evening of four-hand and piano duo works. They were part of a concert series that included the extraordinary talents of 2018 CIPC Young Artists Medalists Xioaxuan Li and Eva Gevorgyan, Angela Hewitt, and Roberto Plano.

The year isn’t over yet! The CIPC office is ablaze with activity as we prepare for the upcoming Encore! Gala benefit on October 12 and finalize planning for the 2020 Competition, which runs from July 26-August 9.


During summer 2019, CIPC collaborated with Baldwin Wallace University to host our inaugural Competition Preparatory Camp for Young Artists. We welcomed 19 incredibly talented pianists aged 12-18 from the United States, Canada, China, and Taiwan who participated in an intensive week-long camp led by distinguished faculty and guest artists. The camp included private lessons, masterclasses, competition workshops, concerto classes, and seminars, culminating in community performances on July 25 and a student competition performance to showcase their artistry and skills on July 26 at The Music Settlement’s Glick Recital Hall. Thank you to all participants and faculty!


Join us at the InterContinental Hotel Cleveland on Saturday, October 12 for a gala evening of dinner, drinks, raffle items, and musical performances in the beautifully appointed Founders Ballroom of the InterContinental Hotel Cleveland to support the Cleveland International Piano Competition. We welcome past medalists Arianna Körting (2012), Konstantin Soukhovetski (2003), and Jiayan Sun (2013) as they come together to play works for two pianos, one piano eight hands, and even four pianos in a thrilling musical tour de force.

In honor of Linda and James Venner for their incredible support of the CIPC

Learn More About Encore!



Have you ever wanted to learn more about classical piano music? Ever wondered what goes into being a competition juror? Be part of our Listening Series: Prelude to Piano!

This three-session series features engaging expert artists who will introduce basic musical structures, present historical and performance contexts, and demonstrate how to listen for different interpretations of piano classics. Sessions will be held at: Gilmour Academy, Praxis, and Bop Stop.

Watch your emails, social media feeds, or CIPC website for updates on the 2020 Competition!


Marissa Glynias Moore

What do you do at CIPC?
I’m the Director of Development at CIPC.

What did you do before you joined the CIPC staff?
My previous life was in academia – I got my Ph.D. from Yale in 2018 and was on faculty there last year. My field was something called “ethnomusicology,” which is the study of “people making music.” Essentially, I’m an anthropologist who focuses on what music means to different communities.

While there were some things I loved about my job – especially teaching such bright students! – there were other things that weren’t a good fit. I wanted to find a way to engage the public around the arts, rather than only working in the “ivory tower.” Plus, my husband Dan and I were eager to move back to my hometown of Cleveland – a fantastic city with top-tier arts, great sports teams, and an ever-expanding food scene, all for an astoundingly low cost of living (trust us – we lived in NYC for the last four years!).

What do you enjoy most about your work?
My work is really about people: what is it about music that means so much to people? How can we better serve individuals and communities to spark those transformative moments of musical experience? I’ve been interested in how people engage with music ever since my early days as a flutist in the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra, so I love that I get to meet people every day who are passionate about music’s power in the world.

What are your favorite activities or hobbies outside of the office?
My husband and I love walking anywhere and everywhere, whether it’s in our new neighborhood of Tremont or in the Cleveland Metroparks. If I’m really relaxing, I enjoy reading Scandinavian noir and playing pop music on the piano (NOT at competition level!).

What is your favorite thing about fall?
I grew up loving Patterson’s Fruit Farm, so I am most excited about introducing my husband to Ohio apple picking!

CIPC Newsletter: Spring 2019

Spring is in the air! And with it brings new, exciting things – especially for the
Cleveland International Piano Competition.

As you may have heard in February, CIPC is thrilled to announce the newest addition to our event programming! This summer CIPC, in collaboration with
Baldwin Wallace University, will host a preparatory camp for young artists.

Young artists will be given unique opportunities to learn from internationally-recognized pianists as they attend programming designed to prepare them for the competition scene. More details can be found on our website or by clicking here.

Continue reading

CIPC Newsletter: October 2018


2019 Concert Series

Every two years CIPC presents a diverse array of concerts throughout the year that “celebrate the art of piano.” Highlights from past concert series’ include the Cleveland debut of Martha Argerich with Sergei Babayan at Severance Hall, Juno Award Winner Marc-André Hamelin, and 2016 Gramophone Artist of the Year Daniil Trifonov.

Last month, the artists for the 2019 Concert Series were announced and early access tickets for CIPC Community Members went on sale. This month marks the beginning of ticket sales for the general public!

To purchase tickets, click below or
call 216.707.5397 Monday through Friday between 10:00 AM and 4:00 PM.

Subscriptions and student tickets are available!

Continue reading

Announcing: 2019 Concert Series!

Cleveland International Piano Competition (CIPC) is thrilled to announce our 2019 Concert Series! The brilliant pianists in this lineup will leave the audience awestruck and the level of talent, passion, and virtuosity displayed will be anything but ordinary. Rest assured, this is one concert series you do not want to miss!

Advance tickets for the series are AVAILABLE NOW for CIPC Community Members! 

Call 216-707-5397 to secure yours today!

General sale tickets will be available in the coming months.

Continue reading

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

Cleveland International Piano Competition
Yunchan Lim (Junior Division)
Eva Gevorgyan (Junior Division)
Hao Wei Lin (Junior Division)
JiWon Yang (Senior Division)
Xiaoxuan Li (Senior Division)
Shuan Hern Lee (Senior Division)
Photo by Roger Mastroianni

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.

Please click here for a complete list of prizewinners.

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.




Prodigies Return!

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.