CIPC Young Artists: The Latest News

New York Debut Announced for First Prize Winner, Senior Division
The first prize winner in the Senior Division will be awarded a cash prize of $25,000, presented by CIPC Board of Directors member Zoya Reyzis.  In addition, the winner will receive a debut recital at The Frick Collection in New York, one of the most respected concert venues in the city.  The concert will be held on August 13, 2015.  CIPC is grateful to Michael Horvitz for his support of this very special event.  CLICK HERE for more information about CIPC Young Artists prizes.

CIPC received an overwhelming response from an exceptional field of candidates for the first international iteration of the CIPC Young Artists Competition and Institute.  Six continents were represented, with applicants from countries as wide ranging as South Africa, China, Mexico, and Australia. The task of selecting 25 contestants from this long list of hopefuls will fall to three individuals: Paul Schenly, Artistic Director of the CIPC and Professor of Piano at the Cleveland Institute of Music (CIM); Kathryn Brown, Head of the Piano Department at CIM; and Thomas Rosenkranz, Associate Professor of Piano at Bowling Green State University (Ohio).  The three jurors will meet over a three-day period in late February to review application forms and performance recordings.  The announcement of the contestants invited to Cleveland will be made on the CIPC website and Facebook page by March 15. Continue reading

Meet the CIPC Young Artists Jury


SchenlyWinner of the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant, pianist Paul Schenly has been a soloist with major United States orchestras, including the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, The Cleveland Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony and New York Philharmonic.  Mr. Schenly appeared in the Great Performers Series at Lincoln Center, and in acclaimed recitals at Carnegie Hall. He has performed with many of the world’s leading conductors including James Levine, Erich Leinsdorf, Christoph von Dohnányi, Zubin Mehta, Lorin Maazel, Edo de Waart, Mstislav Rostropovich, Robert Shaw and Aaron Copland, Michael Tilson Thomas and Kiril Kondrashin.

Mr. Schenly is Professor and Artist in Residence at the Cleveland Institute of Music, where he was chairman of the piano department for over 25 years.  He has served on the juries of several national and international competitions and his students have won national and international prizes.  Mr. Schenly also serves as the Artistic Director of the Cleveland International Piano Competition and is the Founder/Director of the summer festival “Pianofest in the Hamptons.” Continue reading

CIPC Young Artists Competition Expand in Size and Scope for 2015

Arianna Körting
Arianna Körting, First Prize winner, Senior Division, 2012 CIPC Young Artists competition.

CIPC’s Young Artists competition, which was launched in 2005 as a two-day Ohio event, has been expanded to follow the international, multi-round format of the CIPC itself.

The competition will be held May 13-22, 2015 at Baldwin Wallace University in Berea, Ohio.  Contestants will participate in two age groups:  Juniors (age 12 to 15) and Seniors (age 16 to 18).  Pianists from any country are invited to apply; those who are accepted will be housed in dormitories on the Baldwin Wallace campus for the duration of the competition. Continue reading

How a Pianist Makes a Good Impression

CIPC Artistic Director Paul Schenly and Executive Director Pierre van der Westhuizen have just finished reviewing the applications and performance DVDs submitted for the 2013 Competition.  Based on this experience, Pierre offers young pianists advice on how to make the best impression.

This week, 110 very talented pianists received notification that they advanced to the second stage of the application process for the 2013 Cleveland International Piano Competition.  And while all of the candidates who applied were outstanding, the 110 who advanced all shared common qualities.  Their playing, their demeanor, their professionalism – all of these things – combined to allow them to rise to the top. Continue reading