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CIPC Announces New President and CEO

June 19th 2018
Community Connections

The Cleveland International Piano Competition announced today that Yaron Kohlberg has been retained as the President and CEO, effective September 1, 2018. Mr. Kohlberg will direct the overall management and operations of the CIPC and will work with the Board of Directors to implement the organization’s mission to become the preeminent international piano competition in […]

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Best Wishes to Pierre van der Westhuizen

December 06th 2017
Community Connections

Pierre van der Westhuizen, who has served as CIPC’s President and CEO since 2011, has been named Director of the Irving S. Gilmore International Keyboard Festival and Awards.  He will move to Kalamazoo, Michigan and begin his new duties on January 2. “It has been a pleasure and a privilege to be a part of […]

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Encore! Recap

August 10th 2017
Community Connections

Some 270 guests enjoyed a great dinner and fantastic performances by Nikita Mndoyants, Stanislav Khristenko, Dinara Klinton, and Leonardo Colafelice at the Encore! gala to benefit the Cleveland International Piano Competition on Saturday, August 5. Net proceeds of $60,000 were raised for the organization.

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Staff Profile: Crystal Carlson

Community Connections

Crystal Carlson, CIPC’s Production Manager, has had a very interesting career trajectory since joining the organization in 2011. But we’ll get to that in a minute. Let’s start with her background. Like most of the CIPC staff, Crystal is a musician. Her instrument is her voice, making her the only vocalist on the team. Born […]

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Nikita Mndoyants on Tour

April 10th 2017
Community Connections

When Nikita Mndoyants won first prize at the Cleveland International Piano Competition last year he was awarded more than a cash prize.  He also received a Carnegie Hall debut, a compact disc recording on the Steinway & Sons label, and dozens of concert engagements in the U.S. and abroad. Earlier this year he began fulfilling […]

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PianoKids is Back for 2017

Community Connections

Those of you who follow CIPC closely know that the organization’s staff and volunteers are firmly committed to ArtsConnect, the outreach and education program designed to help Celebrate the Art of Piano within our community.  The program works with professional artists, community organizations, schools, health care organizations, and generous foundations to create innovative educational programs for young […]

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PianoKids Comes to the Competition!

March 29th 2016
Community Connections

The 2016 Cleveland International Piano Competition and Festival will welcome a very new and different audience this summer as 50 young children participate in PianoKids at CIPC. This special, all-day version of the in-school PianoKids will involve several artists from the ArtsConnect program, including Andris Koh, Aniela Eddy, and Natsumi Shibagaki – the original PianoKids […]

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Free Childrens’ Concert! CIPC Presents Carnival of the Animals!

Community Connections

Last summer CIPC’s ArtsConnect program worked with several community organizations to present two free community performances of Camille Saint-Saëns’ very child-friendly Carnival of the Animals. This spring the fun will continue at the Rainey Institute, a Cleveland institution that has been providing the community with education and programing in the performing and visual arts for […]

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Children Dance and Sing Their Way to Music Learning

Community Connections

Last fall CIPC ArtsConnect launched PianoKids, a music outreach program for pre-school children. The program was designed as a two part presentation: one to introduce the children to basic musical concepts, a second to build on what they learned. This month, Andris Koh (cello), Aniela Eddy (violin), and Natsumi Shibagaki (piano), will return to the […]

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CIPC President and CEO Named “Key Influencer”

December 02nd 2015
Community Connections

CIPC is proud to announce that President and CEO Pierre van der Westhuizen has been named one of Musical America’s Key Industry Influencers in its Professionals of the Year Special Report.  Their profile on Dr. van der Westhuizen, can be read HERE. Each year, the Musical America Professionals of the Year are the performing arts […]

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PianoKids Brings Music to Cleveland’s Schools

November 30th 2015
Community Connections

CIPC’s ArtsConnect program, working in partnership with the Greater Cleveland Neighborhood Centers Association, has launched PianoKids, a new music outreach project that is bringing top-tier, professional artists to Cleveland students who have limited access to concert performances. Ten Cleveland Metropolitan School District schools are participating in the 2015/16 PianoKids program, which is being sponsored by […]

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In Memoriam

July 21st 2015
Community Connections

Constance Curtiss Manuel, known to her many friends at the CIPC as Connie, died in June at the age of 96. She was a sixth generation Clevelander, descended from the earliest settlers of our nation. Mrs. Manuel attended Laurel School in Shaker Heights, Simmons College in Boston, and Western Reserve Medical School. She completed her […]

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