2016 Cleveland International Piano Competition And Festival


The world-renowned Cleveland International Piano Competition (CIPC) is held every three years for artists ages 18 to 30, rotating with the CIPC Young Artists Competition (artists ages 12 to 18) and a year-long concert series.  The triennial rotation is new in 2015; until 2013 the two competitions were held biennially.

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, symposia, films, discussion groups, and social events provide multiple opportunities for patrons to engage in a full-immersion experience of music, learning, and entertainment.

The event schedule and ticket information will be available in the fall of 2015.

Highlights for the contestants include:

  • Opportunity to perform in the final round with The Cleveland Orchestra in Severance Hall.
  • Opportunity to perform in the final round with the Escher String Quartet.
  • More than $260,000 in cash prizes, including the Mixon First Prize of USD 75,000.
  • Winner’s prize also includes three years of management services, a New York debut, and a CD recording on the Steinway & Sons label.
  • All contestants perform two rounds before the first jury vote.
  • Accommodations and meals provided during the competition.

Applications are now being accepted. Application deadline is December 1, 2015.  Click here for more information.