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.
Meet Justine Porter, CIPC’s Director of Stewardship and Special Events. Having joined the organization in December 2014 she’s one of the newest members of the team, but already she’s had a major impact.
Mrs. Porter is responsible for building relationships, organizing special events, and developing new ideas for capturing the interest of potential donors. She works on an ongoing basis with CIPC board members and volunteers, donors and patrons, and representatives from corporations and foundations that make contributions and grants to the organization.
“Justine is indispensible to CIPC,” said President and CEO Pierre van der Westhuizen. “She has helped organize our fundraising efforts and brought her own unique style to all of our special events.”
Those events include Bravo Piano, the hugely popular black tie gala that’s held at Severance Hall on the final night of the Cleveland International Piano Competition, and Encore!, a brand new event taking place in August featuring dinner and a special performance by the four winners from the 2016 competition. (More HERE.) Her favorite event? “The Valentine’s Day dinner concert we’ve been presenting for the past two years,” she says without hesitation. “It’s the perfect date night and people love it.”
Like most of the CIPC staff, Mrs. Porter is a musician. She studied cello performance at the University of Akron with Martha Baldwin, who is a member of The Cleveland Orchestra. Married for less than a year, she and her husband Marty live in the Kamm’s Corner neighborhood of Cleveland with their two rescues – Chip (the dog) and Franz Schubert (the cat).
The Cleveland International Piano Competition (CIPC) will present a full year of concerts in 2017, featuring extraordinary musicians from around the world. In keeping with CIPC’s ongoing activities to “celebrate the art of piano,” the concerts present a diverse array of piano music, including solo recitals, piano duo, chamber music, and more. In addition, each concert will include a distinctive social component, which in some cases is an optional event, and, in others, is part of the concert experience. Click here for more information, or call 216-707-5397.
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Friday, February 10 | 6:00 pm The Westhuizen Duo: Viva l’Amore! Shaker Heights Country Club $100 per guest; includes concert, dinner with wine service, and valet parking
A delightful program of music for piano four hands and a delectable dinner inspired by legendary Italian romance. Steinway Artists Pierre and Sophié van der Westhuizen will perform works by popular Romantic composers, including Brahms, Schubert, and Gershwin. Continue reading →
The final concerto round performances of the four finalists with The Cleveland Orchestra will be archived for 90 days at medici.tv, the world’s largest broadcaster of classical music. Please click HERE to watch Georgy Tchaidze and Nikita Mndoyants (Day 1) and HERE to watch Leonardo Colafelice and Dinara Klinton (Day 2).
The winner of the 2016 Cleveland International Piano Competition will receive the most substantial prize package in the event’s history, thanks to the generosity of committed patrons and the increasing global awareness of CIPC.
To begin, the first prize cash award, known as the Mixon First Prize in honor of its donors, Mal and Barbara Mixon, has been increased from $50,000 to $75,000. The Mixons have been providing the first prize cash award since 2005, and it is among the most generous of any piano competition in the world.
In addition to some 50 concert engagements in the U.S., the winner has been invited to perform in a number of prestigious European venues, including the Salle Cortot (Paris), the Barletta Piano Festival (Italy), the Armonie della Sera Piano Festival (Italy), the Duszniki Festival (Poland), and the Vilnius Piano Festival (Lithuania). Continue reading →
Classical music critic Laurence Vittes was in Cleveland for the final round of the 2013 Competition, and by all accounts enjoyed himself thoroughly during his stay. Clearly he was impressed with the quality of the finalists and The Cleveland Orchestra, as he recounts in a review on the Huffington Post. Read it all RIGHT HERE.
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