About Piano Cleveland

What We Do


The Cleveland International Piano Competition: Our Signature Event

Known as one of the top competitions in the world, the CIPC presents the pinnacle of classical piano artistry across two weeks of performances for Cleveland and international audiences. The best emerging pianists from around the globe are selected to compete for a chance to play with The Cleveland Orchestra, an experience unparalleled by any other international competition, and win the $75,000 Mixon First Prize.

Building the Future of Piano

Programs like the CIPC for Young Artists and the CIPC Preparatory Camp ensure that young pianists from ages 12-17 are provided with the keys to succeed in the competition world and their artistic careers.


Concerts and Festivals

We feature extraordinary international artists and CIPC medalists in performance for Cleveland audiences. Recent performers include Martha Argerich in concert with Sergei Babayan, Bach specialist Angela Hewitt, Juno Award winner Marc-André Hamelin, and 2001 CIPC First Prize Medalist Roberto Plano. Our programming pushes the boundaries of piano performance. We honor traditional recital forms and present piano in new and unique environments, innovating the concert experience for our artists and audiences.

Community Performances

Our community outreach artists regularly perform in senior centers and senior living facilities across Northeast Ohio, bringing high-quality musical experiences to all communities.


Education Programs

We advance the future of piano music through year-round educational programming for local students.

Education Programs

Interactive music educational programs presented at 10+ schools and affiliated entities of the Cleveland Metropolitan School District (CMSD).

Piano Lab

Group keyboard instruction taught by a local Steinway teaching artist for children at CMSD schools (launching in 2022).

Piano Donation Program

We help place pianos in spaces that need them, like community centers, schools, and students’ homes.