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.

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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.


Young Artists Return in 2018

A little more than two years ago a select group of exceptionally talented young pianists surprised and delighted the audiences, critics, and jury members in attendance at the 2015 CIPC for Young Artists. The level of skill and poise displayed by the young virtuosos was, according to the Plain Dealer, “remarkable to behold,” and seasoned veterans of competition watching were captivated by their performances.

CIPC is pleased to announce that CIPC for Young Artists will be held again this year, presenting another opportunity for young pianists to hone their performance skills and audiences to catch an early look at rising stars.

The event will be held May 30 through June 9, 2018. Twenty pianists in two age groups will be invited to participate following a rigorous, worldwide preliminary screening round: ten in the junior division (ages 12 to 14) and ten in the senior division (ages 15 to 17). The opening ceremony, solo rounds, guest artist performances, and master classes will be held at the Cleveland Institute of Music. The final round, during which three finalists from each division will perform with the Canton Symphony Orchestra, will be held at the Maltz Performing Arts Center.

Contestants will be announced March 1. Continue reading


Cleveland International Piano Competition for Young Artists Returns in 2018

CIPC for Young Artists took Cleveland by storm in its first international iteration in 2015, with sensational young pianists delighting audiences and critics with their skill, poise, and unbridled joy in performing.  We are thrilled to again present the brightest young talent currently studying in music schools and conservatories worldwide this coming summer.

The event will be held from May 30 through June 9 in three venues:  the first three (solo) rounds will be held in Mixon Hall at the Cleveland Institute of Music; the final round, during which six finalists perform with the Canton Symphony Orchestra, will be held in the Maltz Performing Arts Center; and an award ceremony, featuring the announcement of the winners and their encore performances, will be held in Gartner Auditorium at the Cleveland Museum of Art on the final day.  The Bravissimo party will follow immediately afterward in the museum’s Ames Family Atrium. Continue reading


Young Pianists to Return in 2018

CIPC for Young Artists, the competition that in 2015 brought us amazing young pianists such as Yuanfan Yang, Leonid Nediak, and Jae Hong Park, will return again next year with a new group of remarkable young artists.

The event will be held May 30 through June 9, 2018 in Cleveland’s University Circle arts district.  Twenty pianists in two age groups will be invited to participate following a rigorous, worldwide preliminary screening round: ten in the junior division (ages 12 to 14) and ten in the senior division (ages 15 to 17).  Eligibility is determined by age as of June 9, 2018.

Once in Cleveland, all contestants will perform before audiences and a professional jury.  The jury will hear all contestants in two solo rounds, then vote as follows: advance six contestants from each division to the solo semi-final round; advance three contestants from each division to the final concerto round, where each pianist will perform with the Canton Symphony Orchestra; rank all finalists and award first, second, and third prizes in each division.

An institute will be held concurrently with the competition, during which time the young pianists will receive master classes and coaching from members of the jury and guest lecturers.  The institute also will feature guest artist recitals and symposia.

Applications are now being accepted and must be submitted by November 1.  There is a late deadline of November 15 with an added fee.  More HERE.

Photo: Yuanfan Yang, First Prize Winner in the Senior Division, 2015 CIPC for Young Artists.


CIPC Young Artists Winners to Perform in Sold Out NY Debut

Jae Hong Park, CIPC President and CEO Pierre van der Westhuizen, and Yuanfan Yang
Jae Hong Park, CIPC President and CEO Pierre van der Westhuizen, and Yuanfan Yang at the Young Artists Competition.

Yuanfan Yang and Jae Hong Park, the first prize winners of the 2015 CIPC Young Artists Competition, will perform in a sold out recital at The Frick Collection on Thursday, July 13 at 7:30 pm. The concert is being presented by the Cleveland International Piano Competition as part of the Young Artists prize package.

Mr. Yang, 18, won his prize in the senior division of the Young Artists Competition.  He has won top prizes at other major international competitions over the past several years and is a prolific composer. In New York he will perform works by Schubert and Prokofiev, as well as two of his own pieces, Prayers of the North and The Haunted Bell.  He performed the latter work at the CIPC Young Artists Competition in May, earning the praise and respect of the jury.

Mr. Park, 16, won in the junior division of the Young Artists Competition. In addition to his win in Cleveland, Mr. Park has won top honors at several prestigious international competitions. He will perform works by Schubert, Liszt, and Bartók. Following his performance in New York, Mr. Park will participate in the International Junior Piano Academy, presented by the International Franz Liszt Piano Competition in Amsterdam. While there he will perform in Amsterdam’s beautiful Amstelkerk.

CIPC extends its thanks to Michael Horvitz and Martha H. Hale for their generous support of this event.


Catch Up With Our Artists

Khristenko Stanislav
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


Yuanfan Yang and Jae Hong Park win Young Artists Competition

Jae Hong Park, CIPC President and CEO Pierre van der Westhuizen, and Yuanfan Yang
Jae Hong Park, CIPC President and CEO Pierre van der Westhuizen, and Yuanfan Yang.

Eighteen-year-old Yuanfan Yang from the UK (Senior Division) and 15-year-old Jae Hong Park from South Korea (Junior Division) were named first prize winners of the CIPC Young Artists competition. The jury selected the winners from a field of 25 candidates who performed over a ten-day period in May. Continue reading