Drew Petersen, the dynamic winner of the 2017 American Pianists Awards, will present the first of two outstanding evening concerts during the Young Artists competition on Monday, June 4, 8:00 pm at the Cleveland Institute of Music (Mixon Hall). Mr. Petersen was presented at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall at age five and by age ten performed a solo recital at Steinway Hall in Manhattan to celebrate the company’s 150th anniversary. He graduated cum laude from Harvard University at age 19 and matriculated at The Juilliard School for his undergraduate and graduate music studies, the former as a recipient of the prestigious Kovner Fellowship. He recently was accepted into the prestigious Artist Diploma program at The Juilliard School. His unique gifts have been profiled in The New York Times, New York Magazine, the documentary Just Normal, and Andrew Solomon’s book, Far from the Tree.
Mr. Petersen will present a diverse program, opening with Beethoven’s Sonata No. 5, and including works by Chopin, Charles Tomlinson Griffes, and Samuel Barber.
Ran Dank and Soyeon Lee will present the second concert of the series on Thursday, June 7, 8:00 pm, also in Mixon Hall. CIPC welcomes both artists back to Cleveland: Mr. Dank was a medalist at the 2007 competition; Ms. Lee was a medalist in 2003. In the ensuing years, they have established highly successful performance and teaching careers, married, and begun a family together. Mr. Dank and Ms. Lee perform extensively both as solo artists and as a duo for engagements in the U.S., Europe, and Israel.
In addition to her top prize in Cleveland, Ms. Lee was first prize winner of the Naumburg International Piano Competition and the Concert Artist Guild International Competition, and a laureate of the Santander International Piano Competition. She has been lauded by the New York Times as a pianist with “a huge, richly varied sound, a lively imagination and a firm sense of style,” and by the Washington Post for her “stunning command of the keyboard.”
The recipient of numerous honors, Mr. Dank won a coveted place on the Young Concert Artists roster in 2009. Highly praised for his dazzling technique and intellectually probing artistry, he was a laureate of the Naumburg International Piano Competition and the Sydney International Piano Competition, and first prize winner of the Hilton Head International Piano Competition.
Ms. Lee and Mr. Dank will present a fantastic program of solo and duo works in Cleveland, including Igor Stravinsky’s revolutionary “The Rite of Spring” arranged for piano four hands. Tickets for each concert are $25 and can be purchased by calling 216-707-5397 or clicking below.