2016 Cleveland International Piano Competition And Festival

The world-renowned Cleveland International Piano Competition (CIPC) is held every four years for artists ages 18 to 30.  It rotates with the CIPC for Young Artists competition (artists ages 12 to 17) and a year-long concert series.


CIPC engages an audience of 10 to 15,000 over a period of 15 days, and culminates in two sold-out performances at Severance Hall that feature the four finalists performing with The Cleveland Orchestra.  Throughout this period, solo, chamber music, and concerto performances by the contestants, guest artist recitals, films, discussion groups, and social events provide multiple opportunities for patrons to engage in a full-immersion experience of music, learning, and entertainment.


  • Every pianist accepted to the competition who does not advance receives a cash award of $1,000. This means every pianist is guaranteed to receive at least $1,000 to help offset travel expenses regardless of any outcome.
  • First prize consists of a cash award of $75,000 (U.S.), a New York recital debut, three years of management services, and a CD on the Steinway & Sons label.
  • Generous second, third, and fourth prize cash awards, semi-finalist prizes, and at least eight special prizes will be awarded.  Click here for details.
  • All contestants receive complimentary room and board for as long as they remain in the competition.
  • Last, but not least, the four finalists will perform twice: in a chamber music performance with the Escher String Quartet and in a concerto performance with the world-renowned Cleveland Orchestra, Bramwell Tovey conducting.  The announcement of the winner will take place on stage in Severance Hall shortly after the last finalist has performed on Saturday, August 6.


The 2016 medalists will perform in concert worldwide under management provided by the Cleveland International Piano Competition. Presenters may learn more here.