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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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.

Nikita Mndoyants: Past, Present, and Future

Nikita Mndoyants had a year of exciting debuts, important milestones, and more than a few “homecomings” that kept the 2016 Mixon First Prize winner traveling almost constantly.

Among the highlights was a June debut at Carnegie Hall in New York, which Pianist magazine called “a stunning start for Mndoyants.”  He also made his solo debut in the famed Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory, performed at the Ruhr Piano Festival in Germany, and appeared as a guest artist with the St. Petersburg Philharmonic, conducted by the great Charles Dutoit.

He returned to Cleveland to perform as part of the 2017 Concert Series, the Salle Cortot for a recital in Paris, and also to both the Chopin Festival in Poland and the International Music Festival in Wissembourg, France, where he serves as Artist-in-Residence.

Looking ahead, Mr. Mndoyants has numerous concert engagements in Europe, Russia, and the U.S., plus a tour of the U.K. with the State Academic Symphony Orchestra “Evgeny Svetlanov” and a solo tour of South Africa.

Nikita Mndoyants Releases New CD

2016 Mixon First Prize winner Nikita Mndoyants has released a new recording on the Steinway & Sons label. Available in multiple formats at Amazon and iTunes, the disc includes Schumann’s Davidsbündlertänze, Op. 6; Beethoven’s Bagatelles, Op. 126; and Prokofiev’s Sarcasms, Op. 17.

Mr. Mndoyants performed the first two of these works at his Carnegie Hall debut on June 7, earning outstanding critical reviews. “There comes a time when a rising talent comes onto the scene so polished that there isn’t much to say other than to simply applaud it,” wrote Donald Hunt for Pianist magazine. “Such is the case in the Carnegie Hall debut of Nikita Mndoyants, the winner of last year’s Cleveland International Piano Competition.” Mr. Hunt praised the Beethoven, in which the pianist “seamlessly made dynamic switches from technical flair to sensitive phrasing at the drop of a hat,” and the Schumann, during which “Mndoyants created extra space in each line that felt similar to the stylistic traditions of great jazz pianists of the past and present.”

The CD is included in the prize package presented to Mr. Mndoyants as the winner of the Cleveland International Piano Competition. Additional prizes include the Mixon First Prize cash award of $75,000, a Carnegie Hall debut, management services for four years, and concert engagements worldwide.


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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.

Catch Up With Our Artists

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Stanislav Khristenko. Photo by Dario Acosta Photography

2013 Mixon First Prize winner Stanislav Khristenko has recently returned from an overseas tour that took him to London and Korea for performances with the Milton Keynes City Orchestra (Rachmaninoff No. 2) and the Suwon Philharmonic Orchestra (Beethoven No. 3). Late July and August is a very busy time, marked by recital appearances at Kent State University, the New Orleans Keyboard Festival, the Ravinia Festival (Chicago), and the International Keyboard Institute and Festival in New York City.

Stanislav has two new CD releases planned for 2015/16, including an album of Antonio Soler’s sonatas on the Naxos label, and the first volume of the complete works of Ernst Krenek’s piano music for Toccata Classics.

Yuanfan Yang and Jae Hong Park, first prize winners of the senior and junior divisions (respectively) of the 2015 CIPC Young Artists Competition, also have been enjoying a very busy summer.

Yuanfan performed in recital at the prestigious Classic FM Live concert in Cardiff, Wales on June 30, sharing the stage with Venezuelan-American pianist Gabriela Montero, operatic pop hero Aled Jones, and renowned British cellist Julian Lloyd Webber. He also appeared at the Barletta Piano Festival in Italy on July 19. Continue reading

Stanislav Khristenko Becomes a Steinway Artist

14923393-mmmain2013 Mixon First Prize winner Stanislav Khristenko has been named to the roster of Steinway Artists.  The designation recognizes a select group of pianists who have chosen to perform exclusively on Steinway pianos.

Mr. Khristenko released an album, Fantasies, on the Steinway & Sons label in 2014, which was part of his 2013 CIPC prize package.  Critics, including Gramophone’s Jed Distler, who remarked that the collection represents fantasies “ranging from tiny jewel to epic canvas” and All Music Guide’s James Manheim who rated it “highly recommended,” heralded the album. Continue reading

Keeping Up With Stanislav Khristenko

14923393-mmmainSince winning first prize at the 2013 Cleveland International Piano Competition (CIPC), Stanislav Khristenko has been launched on a career-changing path of concertizing, recording, and learning new repertoire. He is, at varying times, exhausted, exhilarated, and contemplative. At all times he is focused on the future, making certain that he is well prepared for the next concert, the next season, or the next ten years. Stanislav Khristenko is not the kind of man who takes things for granted.

“For the next three to four years I am committed to learning as much repertoire as possible, while I am young and able to do it,” he says. “It is difficult, and it will be very busy for some time, but this way, I will have many concerti and recital programs in my repertoire. It will be much easier after this.”

This season he is playing eight different concerti – including Brahms Nos. 1 and 2, Rachmaninoff No. 2, Liszt No. 1, Tchaikovsky No. 1, and Mozart Nos. 20, 23, and 24. He also is playing three entirely different recital programs. The season includes performances throughout the U.S., as well as Korea, Spain, Belgium, and Bulgaria. Continue reading

Catching Up With Our Four Medalists

CIPC will present one of the best concerts of the year on August 23, as all four medalists from the 2013 Competition take the stage together, along with Apollo’s Fire Baroque Orchestra, in what can only be described as a musical extravaganza. Jeannette Sorrell will conduct.

In advance of the concert we wanted to give readers an update on the recent activities of these busy pianists. Read on, and then come to the concert to hear their extraordinary gifts for yourself! Continue reading

Two Breathtaking Performances, Plus a new CD!

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Stanislav Khristenko in Zankel Hall, Carnegie Hall on May 19

Stanislav Khristenko, winner of the 2013 Cleveland International Piano Competition, captivated audiences in Cleveland and New York for two separate concerts in May. He performed the same repertoire for both performances, a diverse and engaging program that began with Bartók’s tumultuous Piano Sonata, Sz. 80 and ended with Prokofiev’s thundering “Stalingrad” Sonata. Between these two masterworks Stanislav wove a spell over the audience with works by Zemlinsky, Krenek, Lizst, and Chopin. He was rewarded with multiple standing ovations, including at the intermissions, and glowing critical reviews. Continue reading