Four Pianos, Eight Hands, One Incredible Encore!

CIPC hosted its annual Encore! gala benefit on October 12, 2019, in the beautifully appointed Founders Ballroom of the InterContinental Hotel Cleveland. More than 275 guests gathered for dinner, drinks, raffle, and musical performances from past medalists Arianna Körting (2012), Jiayan Sun (2013), and Konstantin Soukhovetski (2003). CIPC President Yaron Kohlberg and master of ceremonies Zsolt Bognar started the evening with a special thank-you to Linda and James Venner for their incredible support of CIPC. This was followed by solo performances by Körting, Sun, and Soukhovestski. One of the most moving aspects of the night was hearing each of these artists talk about what competing in and winning the Cleveland International Piano Competition has meant to them professionally and personally.

After the solo performances, attendees enjoyed a collective performance by all three medalists joined by CIPC President Yaron Kohlberg (himself a medalist in 2007). And no event titled “Encore” would be complete without an encore. Emcee Bognar joined the medalists for a spectacular ten-hands, four-piano rendition of Beethoven’s Ode to Joy.

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CIPC for Young Artists Medalist Arianna Körting on Learning to Play

CIPC for Young Artists Medalist Arianna Körting was three when she heard a song on the radio and played it by ear on the piano.  That was enough for her mother to put her in piano lessons. Körting sat down with award-winning pianist, writer, Ted Talk presenter, and series host of Living the Classical Life, Zsolt Bognar to talk about her development as an pianist. She will be one of three CIPC medalists performing at the Encore! gala on October 12.

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A Conversation with CIPC President Yaron Kohlberg and Living the Classical Life’s Zsolt Bognar

In advance of CIPC’s Encore! gala benefit, CIPC President Yaron Kohlberg sat down for an interview with award-winning pianist, writer, Ted Talk presenter, and series host of Living the Classical Life, Zsolt Bognar. In their conversation, the two touched on everything from special transcriptions that will be part of the semi-finals of the 2020 Cleveland Competition to the value of competitions to a young artist’s development.

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Valentine’s Day With Stanislav Khristenko and Tatiana Chulochnikova

Join us for a romantic evening with husband and wife duo Stanislav Khristenko, 2013 Mixon First Prize Winner, and Tatiana Chulochnikova, Concertmaster of the Washington Bach Consort.

Stanislav and Tatiana will present an enchanting program of works for duo piano and violin.

The event will be held on Saturday, February 17, 6:00 pm at Shaker Heights Country Club.  Tickets are $100 per person and include the performance, a seated dinner with wine service, and valet parking.  Please note that the Valentine’s Day dinner concert is one of our most popular events and it sells out each year.  Order your tickets now to avoid disappointment.

Click HERE to buy tickets or call 216-707-5397 for further information.

Encore! Recap

Gina Jeckering, Allyn Davies, and Catherine Good Brulport, the co-chairs of Encore!

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.

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Nikita Mndoyants on Tour

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.

Free Childrens’ Concert! CIPC Presents Carnival of the Animals!

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A “premiere” performance of Carnival of the Animals in Cleveland last summer.

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

Single Tickets on Sale Now!

fbpost_1200x1200More 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, or by phone at 216-707-5397, Monday through Friday, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. Plan early for the best seats!

Bravo Piano Returns!

butterfly-cipc-newsletterMark 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.

Learning Series Offers Insights into the Competition, the Music, and the Artists

Members of the 2013 jury at the Jury Roundtable Discussion, (l-r), Roberto Plano, HaeSun Pak, Andrzej Jasinski, and Alexander Korsantia.
Members of the 2013 jury at the Jury Roundtable Discussion, (l-r), Roberto Plano, HaeSun Paik, Andrzej Jasinski, and Alexander Korsantia.

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.