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February 10th 2015
Young Artists

New York Debut Announced for First Prize Winner, Senior Division
The first prize winner in the Senior Division will be awarded a cash prize of $25,000, presented by CIPC Board of Directors member Zoya Reyzis.  In addition, the winner will receive a debut recital at The Frick Collection in New York, one of the most respected concert venues in the city.  The concert will be held on August 13, 2015.  CIPC is grateful to Michael Horvitz for his support of this very special event.  CLICK HERE for more information about CIPC Young Artists prizes.

CIPC received an overwhelming response from an exceptional field of candidates for the first international iteration of the CIPC Young Artists Competition and Institute.  Six continents were represented, with applicants from countries as wide ranging as South Africa, China, Mexico, and Australia. The task of selecting 25 contestants from this long list of hopefuls will fall to three individuals: Paul Schenly, Artistic Director of the CIPC and Professor of Piano at the Cleveland Institute of Music (CIM); Kathryn Brown, Head of the Piano Department at CIM; and Thomas Rosenkranz, Associate Professor of Piano at Bowling Green State University (Ohio).  The three jurors will meet over a three-day period in late February to review application forms and performance recordings.  The announcement of the contestants invited to Cleveland will be made on the CIPC website and Facebook page by March 15.

For all those interested in attending the Competition to watch these young prodigies in action, stay tuned!  Tickets will go on sale April 1 and we will keep everyone informed via this newsletter, as well as a printed, mailed brochure.

Master Classes for Local Piano Students
As part of the institute portion of the event, CIPC will present master classes for contestants, as well as selected Northeast Ohio piano students.  The classes will be held at the Baldwin Wallace University Conservatory, and taught by competition jury members.  Piano students 18 and under who live in Northeast Ohio are eligible to apply.

Four classes will be taught; three participants will be selected per class, for a total of 12 students.  The classes are free for the students who are selected to participate, and the public is welcome to attend.   Please CLICK HERE for application details and the master class schedule.

Special Events
In addition to contestant performances, CIPC Young Artists will feature concert performances by four very special guest artists.  They include:

Vassily Primakov, 1999 Cleveland International Piano Competition medalist, recognized internationally for his sublime performances and recordings of works by Frédéric Chopin.

Mariam Batsashvili, the very gifted winner of the 2014 International Franz Liszt Piano Competition.

Sean Chen, winner of the American Pianists Association 2013 Christel DeHaan Classical Fellowship.

Alexander Schimpf, winner of the Mixon First Prize at the 2011 Cleveland International Piano Competition and member of the jury at the 2015 CIPC Young Artists Competition and Institute.

The final night of the CIPC Young Artists Competition will be celebrated with a cocktail reception and gala dinner in the Ames Family Atrium at the Cleveland Museum of Art, just before the finalists perform with the Canton Symphony Orchestra.  This special benefit for the CIPC will showcase the extraordinary talents of each of the young prodigies that traveled to Cleveland to participate in our event.

Keep an eye on upcoming blog posts for details and ticket information for all of the special events – tickets for these also will go on sale April 1!

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