Screening Jury

The screening jury for the 2020 Cleveland International Piano Competition consists of significant pre-screening focused on careful analyses of resumes as well as the contestants’ playing. Members of the screening jury will not participate as jurors of the live rounds next summer to ensure the highest levels of professionalism in the screening process. The names of the 24 accepted candidates will be announced in March 2020. As always, the screening jury will take into account the high levels of musicianship and professionalism of the candidates.


Dror Biran

Winner of top prizes at the M.K. Čiurlionis International Piano Competition and Cleveland International Piano Competition among others, Israeli-American pianist Dror Biran has performed widely as a soloist with major orchestras including the Lithuanian Philharmonic Orchestra, RTVE Symphony Orchestra of Spain, Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra, Louisville Orchestra and the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. A recipient of multiple scholarships from the America-Israel Cultural Foundation for distinguished musicians, Biran graduated from Rubin Academy of Music at Tel-Aviv University and the Cleveland Institute of Music where he received his doctorate degree in piano performance. Biran has taught at the University of Louisville, Youngstown State University, and Case Western Reserve University. Currently, he serves as an Associate Professor of Piano at the College-Conservatory of Music University of Cincinnati.


Kathryn Brown

Head of the piano department at the Cleveland Institute of Music, performs internationally as recitalist, chamber musician, and concerto soloist. She has received numerous international prizes, including the Louis Sudler Prize for the Arts and the Darius Milhaud Prize, and was first-prize winner of the National Young Artists Competition, San Antonio International Keyboard Competition, Pro Piano Competition. She performed her New York Solo Debut Recital at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall and has appeared in recital at the Library of Congress and Columbia Artists’ Community Concerts Series. She was pianist and co-founder of the Myriad Chamber Players, a 17-member ensemble comprised of members of The Cleveland Orchestra and international soloists. Ms. Brown has been featured on the British Broadcasting Network, the PBS Artistry of… series, Chicago’s WFMT Radio, and NPR’s Performance Today. She has studied at Michigan State University, Peabody Conservatory, private studies in London, and received an Artist Diploma from CIM under the tutelage of Paul Schenly. An accomplished singer, she is a frequent recitalist and was featured in a title role at the Aspen Music Festival.


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Yaron Kohlberg

A native of Israel, CIPC President Yaron Kohlberg has played in major halls in more than forty countries spanning five continents and has won more than ten international prizes, including the second prize at the 2007 CIPC. In recent years Mr. Kohlberg, who speaks six languages, has teamed up with his friend Bishara Haroni to form the highly successful Duo Amal piano duo. He also cooperates regularly with top musicians and ensembles around the globe. He holds a graduate degree (with distinction) from the Buchmann-Mehta school of music of Tel Aviv University. In concert, he often combines classical music with new arrangements of popular and world music.


Caroline Oltmanns

Caroline Oltmanns is an International Steinway Artist, Steinway Spirio Recording Artist, Fulbright Scholar, and recipient of the Stipendium der deutschen Wirtschaft. She is Professor of Piano at Youngstown State University and holds degrees from the Staatliche Musikhochschule Freiburg and the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. Her playing has been broadcast globally on radio and television stations, and she was featured on the documentary series Living the Classical Life. She earned her Diploma at the Staatliche Musikhochschule Freiburg and her master’s and doctoral degrees at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles.


Paul Schenly

Winner of the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant, pianist Paul Schenly has been a soloist with major United States orchestras, including the Atlanta Symphony, The Cleveland Orchestra, Chicago Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony and New York Philharmonic. Born in Munich, Mr. Schenly lived in South America before coming to the U.S. at age five. Mr. Schenly has served on the juries of several national and international competitions and is on the advisory board of the American Pianists Foundation and on nominating committee for the Gilmore Piano Foundation. He has recorded for Sine Qua Non and RCA. Mr. Schenly is artistic director of the Cleveland International Piano Competition and founder/director of Pianofest in the Hamptons.