Some 270 guests enjoyed a great dinner and fantastic performances by Nikita Mndoyants, Stanislav Khristenko, Dinara Klinton, and Leonardo Colafelice at the Encore! gala to benefit the Cleveland International Piano Competition on Saturday, August 5. Net proceeds of $60,000 were raised for the organization.
When Nikita Mndoyants won first prize at the Cleveland International Piano Competition last year he was awarded more than a cash prize. He also received a Carnegie Hall debut, a compact disc recording on the Steinway & Sons label, and dozens of concert engagements in the U.S. and abroad.
Earlier this year he began fulfilling those engagements, beginning with two concerts in Europe – one in the Salle Cortot in Paris, and another at the Bozar Centre for Fine Arts in Brussels. These two concerts were part of the Steinway Prizewinner Concert Network, a collaboration of piano competitions, concert organizers, festivals, and radio stations that introduce select young pianists to international audiences. CIPC was invited to be a part of this prestigious network last year.
Mr. Mndoyants will perform in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in June, and then follow with summer performances at the International Keyboard Institute and Festival (New York City), Brevard Music Festival (North Carolina), and the Chautauqua Institution (New York). He will launch the U.S. component of his 2017/18 season with a performance with the Escher String Quartet for the Tuesday Musical Association (Akron, Ohio), continuing with multiple visits to the U.S. that extend into the spring.
Those wishing to catch an upcoming concert can see him right here in Cleveland at
3:00 pm on Sunday, April 30 at the Maltz Performing Arts Center. He will preview parts of his solo Carnegie Hall program and partner with members of The Cleveland Orchestra for Schumann’s stunning Quintet in E-flat Major, Op. 44.
While in Cleveland Mr. Mndoyants will visit the schools participating in the PianoKids program for a short performance and a Q&A session with the children. He also will teach master classes in the piano department of Cleveland State University’s School of Music and the Cleveland Institute of Music. CIPC extends its thanks to Mr. Mndoyants for sharing his gifts with the young people of our community and to Steinway Piano Gallery Cleveland for providing the piano for his performances in the schools.
Last summer CIPC’s ArtsConnect program worked with several community organizations to present two free community performances of Camille Saint-Saëns’ very child-friendly Carnival of the Animals. This spring the fun will continue at the Rainey Institute, a Cleveland institution that has been providing the community with education and programing in the performing and visual arts for more than 100 years.
Saint-Saëns composed Carnival of the Animals while on holiday in 1886. The piece is written for two pianos and an orchestra, and has fourteen movements that use sounds created by the instruments to mimic the sounds of animals. The composer viewed the work as a bit of fun, adamantly insisting that it not be performed in public until after his death in order to not detract from what he considered his more serious work. In 1922, just four months after his death, Carnival of the Animals was given its public debut in Paris. It has since become one of one of Saint-Saëns’ most enduring and popular works. Continue reading
More than 320 pianists from 38 countries applied to compete in the 2016 Cleveland International Piano Competition, promising an absolutely incredible level of talent. A 5-member screening jury will review the applications and performance videos of all 320 applicants in early April, ultimately inviting 27 to 30 pianists to participate. Watch your inbox for the announcement in early May!
Those who have attended past competitions will notice an immediate change to the format this year. While the first, second, and semi-final rounds will remain the same, the final round will now consist of two phases. Four finalists will perform chamber music with the Escher String Quartet, then move on to concerto performances with The Cleveland Orchestra with Bramwell Tovey conducting. This exciting new addition is made possible through the generous support of Zoya and Michael Reyzis, long time supporters of the CIPC.
Competition performances will be held July 25 through August 6. The first, second, and semi-final rounds, as well as the chamber music phase of the final round, will be held in Gartner Auditorium at the Cleveland Museum of Art. The concerto phase of the final round will be held in Severance Hall.
Tickets to individual competition rounds, as well as the guest artist concerts and special events described below, are now on sale. They can be purchased online at clevelandpiano.org, or by phone at 216-707-5397, Monday through Friday, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. Plan early for the best seats!
Mark your calendar now for the social event of the year! Bravo Piano, the spectacular black tie gala held at Severance Hall on the final night of the competition, will be back again – this year honoring the John P. Murphy Foundation and the Kulas Foundation, which have provided generous support for CIPC since it was founded in 1975. Join us for cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, dinner, performances by two competition finalists with The Cleveland Orchestra, and the announcement of the 2016 Mixon First Prize winner! It all starts at 5:00 pm on Saturday, August 6.
Please contact Justine Endress, Director of Special Events and Stewardship, at 216-707-5397 for more information.
One of the most popular events in 2013 was the Jury Roundtable Discussion – a standing-room only opportunity to learn everything about what the jury listens for during the competition, how they make their decisions, the “special something” that distinguishes a first prize winner, and more. We’re bringing it back for 2016, in the largest room the Cleveland Museum of Art has available, to accommodate as many people as possible! The event will be held at 10:30 am on Monday, August 1.
Additional programs include a workshop presented by Edna Golandsky, international renowned teacher and proponent of the Taubman Approach; a Competition Conversation with 2013 Mixon First Prize winner Stanislav Khristenko; and master classes taught by members of the jury.
Virtuoso pianist Martha Argerich takes center stage at 3:00 pm on Tuesday, August 2 with a screening of Argerich, a film created by her daughter Stéphanie. Ms. Argerich follows her famous mother through public concerts and private moments, revealing the challenges of a family that has lived in the glare of the international stage.
The music and life of piano phenom Daniil Trifonov will be brought to life at 3:00 pm on Wednesday, August 3 with The Magics of Music, an award-winning film by Christopher Nupen. Interviews and concert footage are film highlights.
Cleveland-based pianist, writer, and producer Zsolt Bognár will host presentations of his “Living the Classical Life” film series at 10:30 am on Wednesday, July 27 and Friday, July 29. The first will be a world premiere screening showcasing world-renowned pianist Yefim Bronfman; the second will focus on pianist/composer Stephen Hough and pianist Marc-André Hamelin. Mr. Bognár will answer audience questions after the films.
Since 2013, when the Cleveland International Piano Competition moved the solo rounds to the Cleveland Museum of Art, the event has included the CIPC Festival, a series of events designed to enrich the competition for everyone. We’re pleased to announce that the festival is back for 2016, bigger and better than ever with an amazing array of events being held in four different venues. Details are outlined throughout the blog.
Mark your calendar now for the next Cleveland International Piano Competition and Festival, which will be held from Sunday, July 24 through Sunday, August 7, 2016. If those dates seem a little different this time around, you’re absolutely correct – the event is now a full 15 days long!
Two important changes are the driving force behind the extended program. First, the opening ceremony has become a major celebration and is now officially included as part of the event. It will serve as the grand kick off for the Competition and Festival at the Cleveland Museum of Art, with a major performance in Gartner Auditorium, followed by an appropriately festive party in the Ames Family Atrium.
The second important change is the addition of a chamber music performance round for the four finalists. This wonderful new way to assess and enjoy the skills of the finalists will be held just before the final concerto round with The Cleveland Orchestra at Severance Hall. Continue reading
This spring 25 very young pianists will participate in the CIPC Young Artists Competition and Institute, the first multi-round, international version of the former Piano/Ohio program organized by CIPC since 2005.
CIPC Young Artists will welcome piano students from around the world for juried performances, as well as master classes from members of the jury. Students will perform in two age groups: Juniors (age 12 to 15) and Seniors (age 16 to 18). Prizes will be awarded in each age group, with a first prize of $10,000 and $25,000, respectively.
“We are grateful to Zoya Reyzis, a long-time patron and member of the board, who is generously presenting the first prize in the Senior Division,” said CIPC President and CEO Pierre van der Westhuizen. “I also want to acknowledge the late Dr. John Flower, who was instrumental in the creation of the original youth competition in 2005, and later provided an endowment that now benefits CIPC Young Artists. We remember him very fondly.” Continue reading