Rules and Procedures


Cleveland International Piano Competition for Young Artists (CIPC Young Artists) is an international competition for pianists ages 12 through 17 presented by the Cleveland International Piano Competition.  Contestants are selected in two divisions: Junior (ages 12 to 14) and Senior (ages 15 to 17).

Twenty contestants will be accepted to participate in the competition and their names will be announced to the public.  Ten of these contestants will be from the junior division and ten will be from the senior division.

The signing of the acceptance form constitutes acceptance by the contestant of all rules and regulations.  The original English version of these rules governs all interpretations.

Candidates must assume financial responsibility for travel to and from Cleveland.  While participating in the competition, all contestants will be provided with housing, meals, practice facilities, and transportation.  One parent/guardian must travel with a contestant from the junior division; housing and meals will be provided  for said parent/guardian.  Contestants from the senior division must have a parent/guardian sign a waiver allowing them to travel.  Parents/Guardians that would like to accompany a senior contestant may stay with their contestant at a reduced rate; cost for housing and meals are assumed by the parent/guardian.

All works are to be performed from memory.

Repertoire must be different for each round.

Submitted repertoire is subject to review by competition officials.

The order of appearance of pianists will be determined by a drawing conducted by competition officials that will be broadcast online.

Jury members will not make contact with contestants while such contestant is continuing to compete.

Any jury member who has taught a contestant within the last five years, or who will teach a contestant in the immediate future, or who has a family relationship with a contestant, must abstain from voting on that contestant.  This does not apply to members of the jury who have had master classes with a contestant.  Jury members may also waive their vote for personal or professional reasons.  All declarations of abstentions will be made the night before the competition begins and will be maintained throughout the competition.

All ballots will be written and signed without discussion and submitted to the Jury Chairman.  The Jury Chairman will review the ballots and then submit them to competition officials for scoring.

Jury members will not discuss their opinions and decisions regarding proceedings, marks, or rankings outside the jury room.

Jury members will score each contestant on a range of 1 to 25 (except for their declared abstentions).

To balance the scores of a consistently high-scoring juror with a consistently low-scoring juror the scores of all jurors are processed to the same statistical distribution by computer.  This scoring procedure overcomes a potential difficulty because it virtually eliminates the impact of any juror’s abstention.  Without this balancing, it is possible that a contestant who is a student of a consistently high-scoring juror could be hurt when that judge necessarily abstains from voting for that candidate.

The decision of the jury is final and not subject to questions, revisions, or appeal.

The competition will consist of the following separate rounds:

  1. Preliminary Screening Round: All applicants will submit an application form and video recording.  This can be done online or via mail (see separate repertoire and video recording requirements).  The Preliminary Round Selection Jury will convene in Cleveland to review all applicants, and will collectively invite 20 contestants (10 from each division) to travel to Cleveland to compete in the remainder of the competition.
  2. First Round: 20 contestants (10 from each division)
  3. Second Round: 20 contestants (10 from each division)
  4. Semi-Final Round: 12 contestants (6 from each division)
  5. Final Round: 6 contestants (3 from each division)

The names of the contestants for the semi-final and final rounds will be announced to the public in performance order without regard to rank.  After the final round is completed, the names of the six winners will be announced in order of rank.

After the completion of the second round, each contestant will be given one score of 1 to 25.  The twelve contestants with the highest score will advance to the semi-final round.

Beginning with the semi-final round, after the score is determined for each contestant, a cumulative score will be determined as follows:

At the end of the semi-final round, the first and second rounds together count for 50% of the score, and the semi-final round counts for 50% of the score.

At the end of the final round, the first and second rounds together count for 33 1/3% of the score; the semi-final round counts for 33 1/3% of the score; and the final round counts for 33 1/3% of the score.

All announced prizes will be awarded.

Prizes may be subject to US income tax laws.

If any unexpected situations arise in the execution of these guidelines, the Jury Chairman, the Chair of the Board of Directors, and the CIPC President and CEO will resolve such situations.