Listening Series: Prelude to Piano

Want to learn more about classical piano but aren’t sure where to go? Our free three-part listening series is designed to help both serious and casual classical music fans take their interest and knowledge to a higher level in a fun, low-key environment. Each session will include demonstrations, time for questions and discussion, and light refreshments.

Attend all three sessions and you’ll be invited to serve as a special jury member during the 2020 Cleveland International Piano Competition where you’ll be able to vote for your contestant of choice for the Graduate Jury Prize. Plus you’ll receive a special discount code for the semi-final rounds. Watch your emails, social media feeds, or the Piano Cleveland website for updates on the 2020 Competition.

Doors open at 6:45 pm | All sessions begin at 7:30 pm

 

Session 1: I Love a Piano (and You Will Too)

Most of us are familiar with the piano from home or school or childhood music lessons, but how much do you really know about this amazing instrument and the range of sounds it can create? Cleveland Institute of Music faculty member Marshall Griffith will give a brief history of this most versatile of instruments as well as a demonstration of ranges and textures. We’ll even celebrate Beethoven’s 250th birthday year with performances of Symphonic and Sonata excerpts with violinist Kallen Bierly.

  • Monday, March 30
    The Bop Stop
  • Tuesday, March 31
    Tudor House at Gilmour Academy
  • Wednesday, April 1
    Praxis Fiber Workshop
Registration begins February 25

 


 

Session 2: Listening to Music (without Feeling Lost)

Have you ever wondered what makes Baroque music, well… Baroque? What are the colors, sounds, rhythms, and pulses unique to the Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and Impressionist/Modern eras of music? Caroline Oltmanns, Head of the Piano Department at the Dana School of Music, Youngstown State University, will be your guide to putting the piano into the context of different time periods and styles. Whether this is your first time exploring music history or you just want a quick, fun refresher course, this session is sure to enhance your understanding and knowledge.

  • Monday, April 13
    The Bop Stop
  • Wednesday, April 22
    Tudor House at Gilmour Academy
  • Wednesday, April 29
    Praxis Fiber Workshop
Registration begins February 25

 


Session 3: What Makes It Great (and Not Just Good)?

We think all of the contestants in the Cleveland International Piano Competition are pretty great, but there are measures that jurors in a music competition use to rank contestants and determine a winner. President of Piano Cleveland and 2007 CIPC medalist Yaron Kohlberg will give you an insider’s view on what makes some playing rise above the rest. From technique and touch to interpretation and serving the music, Yaron will use discussion and demonstration to take you through all the elements that make playing go from good to great.

  • Monday, May 27
    Praxis Fiber Workshop
  • Monday, June 1
    The Bop Stop
  • Wednesday, June 3
    Tudor House at Gilmour Academy
Registration begins February 25

 


About the Presenters

Marshall Griffith

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Marshall Griffith is a jazz and classical pianist, composer and music educator. He has also been a soloist with numerous orchestras, chamber groups and jazz ensembles. He is on the Music Theory faculty at the Cleveland Institute of Music, and is a Resident Artist for the Music and Arts Program at The Cleveland Clinic and an artist for the Cleveland International Piano Competition Arts Connect program. His compositions include chamber, opera and symphonic works and music for jazz ensembles. His music is published by Theodore Presser, Pleasing Dog Music and Belle Press. In 2014, he was presented the Distinguished Alumni Award from CIM in the Composer-Virtuoso category. He holds a Doctor of Musical Arts in composition from Indiana University.

Caroline Oltmanns


Caroline Oltmanns
is an International Steinway Artist, Steinway Spirio Recording Artist, Fulbright Scholar, and recipient of the Stipendium der deutschen Wirtschaft. She is Professor of Piano at Youngstown State University and holds degrees from the Staatliche Musikhochschule Freiburg and the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. Her playing has been broadcast globally on radio and television stations, and she was featured on the documentary series Living the Classical Life. She earned her Diploma at the Staatliche Musikhochschule Freiburg and her master’s and doctoral degrees at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles.

Yaron Kohlberg

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A native of Israel, Yaron Kohlberg is an International Steinway Artist who has played in major halls in forty countries spanning five continents and has more than ten international prizes, including the second prize at the 2007 CIPC. In recent years Mr. Kohlberg, who speaks six languages, has teamed up with his friend Bishara Haroni to form the highly successful Duo Amal piano duo. He also cooperates regularly with top musicians and ensembles around the globe. He holds a graduate degree (with distinction) from the Buchmann-Mehta school of music of Tel Aviv University. In concert, he often combines classical music with new arrangements of popular and world music.