The roots of the CIPC were established in 1974 with a biennial competition to honor the great French pianist Robert Casadesus and the warm relationship he had with legendary Cleveland Orchestra conductor George Szell.  In the mid-1990s a reorganization reframed the governance and structure of the organization, and created the name under which it operates today.

In the years since, Piano Cleveland has grown from a single, biennial international competition into a fully fledged arts organization.  The original Cleveland International Piano Competition is now on a four-year cycle, alternating every two years with CIPC for Young Artists, an international competition for pianists aged 12 to 17.  The organization also presents a year-long concert series in competition off years and coordinates an extensive community outreach and education program designed to bring music into the lives of public school students, the elderly, and the community at large.


Cleveland International Piano Competition

Fifteen days of exquisite performances, informative roundtable discussions, and can’t-miss parties. Audiences experience the best of the best and the First Prize winner takes home an award of $75,000, a Carnegie Hall recital debut, a recording on the Steinway & Sons label, and the launch of a U.S. concert career.

Cleveland International Piano Competition for Young Artists

A thrilling international competition for pianists between the ages of 12 and 17 that showcases their performance capabilities to a worldwide audience. Educational opportunities at the CIPC for Young Artists nurture their talent and prepare these astounding musicians for lifelong careers in music.

CIPC Concert Series

A diverse array of concerts throughout the year that “celebrate the art of piano.” Highlights from past concert series’ include the Cleveland debut of Martha Argerich with Sergei Babayan at Severance Hall, Bach specialist Angela Hewitt, and Juno Award Winner Marc-André Hamelin.

CIPC ArtsConnect

An educational outreach program designed to bring music into all facets of the Greater Cleveland community. The program works in partnership with a group of top-tier professional artists, community organizations, schools, and generous foundations to create innovative educational programs for young people and present concerts for all generations.