The final round of the Cleveland International Piano Competition has been expanded to include chamber music performances, providing another opportunity for the finalists to demonstrate their skills and for audience members to enjoy the amazing talent of these artists. The finalists will select one of four piano quintets (Brahms, Dvorak, Franck, and Schumann) and perform with the acclaimed Escher String Quartet. This additional phase will be held over a two-night period before the concerto performances with The Cleveland Orchestra.
This exciting new addition to the CIPC is made possible through the generous support of Michael and Zoya Reyzis, founders and owners of Art of Beauty, the company behind ZOYA Nail Lacquers and other professional beauty products. Mr. and Mrs. Reyzis are long time supporters of the CIPC who love piano music and chamber music in equal measure. With the new “Zoya Reyzis Chamber Round” at the Cleveland International Piano Competition, two of their favorite things will now be joined in spectacular fashion.
The Escher String Quartet has received worldwide recognition since its inception in 2005. A former BBC New Generation Artist, the quartet has performed at the BBC Proms at Cadogan Hall and is a regular guest at Wigmore Hall. In its home town of New York, the ensemble serves as Artists of The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, this season presenting the complete Zemlinsky Quartets Cycle in a concert streamed live from the Rose Studio. In 2013, the quartet became one of the very few chamber ensembles to be awarded the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant. It tours regularly worldwide and has recorded several critically acclaimed CDs.