Cleveland International Piano Competition 2021

Schedule of Events

List of Events

Friday, June 11
icon-calendar June 11 5:00PM America/New_York Pop-Up Concert

Join Piano Cleveland and friends for this outdoor concert. Performance to take place at The Van Aken District.

Pop-Up Concert

Time: 5:00PM

Join Piano Cleveland and friends for this outdoor concert. Performance to take place at The Van Aken District.

Sunday, June 13
icon-calendar June 13 1:00PM America/New_York Family Fun Day

Families are invited to celebrate the 2021 Cleveland International Piano Competition with a free day of musical events themed around Saint-Saëns’ Carnival of the Animals! Enjoy live interactive musical performances and fun craft activities. This event will be hosted at The Van Aken District.

Family Fun Day

Time: 1:00PM

Families are invited to celebrate the 2021 Cleveland International Piano Competition with a free day of musical events themed around Saint-Saëns’ Carnival of the Animals! Enjoy live interactive musical performances and fun craft activities. This event will be hosted at The Van Aken District.

Saturday, June 26
icon-calendar June 26 6:30PM America/New_York Pop-Up Concert

Join pianists Irwin Shung and Donna Lee for this outdoor concert. Performance to take place at Crocker Park.

Pop-Up Concert

Time: 6:30PM

Join pianists Irwin Shung and Donna Lee for this outdoor concert. Performance to take place at Crocker Park.

Sunday, June 27
icon-calendar June 27 4:30PM America/New_York Pop-Up Concert

Join pianists Irwin Shung and Donna Lee for this outdoor concert. Performance to take place at Eton Chagrin Boulevard.

Pop-Up Concert

Time: 4:30PM

Join pianists Irwin Shung and Donna Lee for this outdoor concert. Performance to take place at Eton Chagrin Boulevard.

Wednesday, July 7
icon-calendar July 7 7:00PM America/New_York Virtual Opening Ceremony

A celebration of our 2021 Cleveland International Piano Competition contestants.

Virtual Opening Ceremony

Time: 7:00PM

A celebration of our 2021 Cleveland International Piano Competition contestants.

Thursday, July 8
icon-calendar July 8 7:00PM America/New_York First Round Session 1

Contestants perform their First Round solo recitals of 20 minutes from around the world.

First Round Session 1

Time: 7:00PM

Contestants perform their First Round solo recitals of 20 minutes from around the world.

Thursday, July 8
icon-calendar July 8 7:00PM America/New_York First Round Performances Watch Party

Enjoy a socially distanced broadcast of the Cleveland International Piano Competition like you’ve never seen before! Pack a picnic and bring your chairs to watch performances under the stars and on the big screen. Join us at Pinecrest for this exciting event.

First Round Performances Watch Party

Time: 7:00PM

Enjoy a socially distanced broadcast of the Cleveland International Piano Competition like you’ve never seen before! Pack a picnic and bring your chairs to watch performances under the stars and on the big screen. Join us at Pinecrest for this exciting event.

Friday, July 9
icon-calendar July 9 7:00PM America/New_York First Round Session 2

Contestants perform their First Round solo recitals of 20 minutes from around the world.

First Round Session 2

Time: 7:00PM

Contestants perform their First Round solo recitals of 20 minutes from around the world.

Saturday, July 10
icon-calendar July 10 10:00AM America/New_York Master Class

Caroline Oltmanns (Professor of Piano at Youngstown State University), member of the CIPC screening jury, will present a master class for talented local piano students. This event will take place in Glick Hall at The Music Settlement in University Circle.

Master Class

Time: 10:00AM

Caroline Oltmanns (Professor of Piano at Youngstown State University), member of the CIPC screening jury, will present a master class for talented local piano students. This event will take place in Glick Hall at The Music Settlement in University Circle.

Saturday, July 10
icon-calendar July 10 2:00PM America/New_York First Round Session 3

Contestants perform their First Round solo recitals of 20 minutes from around the world.

First Round Session 3

Time: 2:00PM

Contestants perform their First Round solo recitals of 20 minutes from around the world.

Sunday, July 11
icon-calendar July 11 2:00PM America/New_York First Round Session 4

Contestants perform their First Round solo recitals of 20 minutes from around the world.

First Round Session 4

Time: 2:00PM

Contestants perform their First Round solo recitals of 20 minutes from around the world.

Sunday, July 11
icon-calendar July 11 2:00PM America/New_York Family Fun Day

In partnership with The Music Settlement, families are invited to join us for a free day of live musical performances and fun craft activities. This event will be hosted at The Music Settlement in University Circle.

Family Fun Day

Time: 2:00PM

In partnership with The Music Settlement, families are invited to join us for a free day of live musical performances and fun craft activities. This event will be hosted at The Music Settlement in University Circle.

Thursday, July 15
icon-calendar July 15 7:00PM America/New_York First Round Performances Watch Party

Bring the whole family – even your pooch! – and turn your radio on to enjoy First Round performances from the comfort of your car.

First Round Performances Watch Party

Time: 7:00PM

Bring the whole family – even your pooch! – and turn your radio on to enjoy First Round performances from the comfort of your car.

Thursday, July 15
icon-calendar July 15 7:00PM America/New_York First Round Session 5

Contestants perform their First Round solo recitals of 20 minutes from around the world.

First Round Session 5

Time: 7:00PM

Contestants perform their First Round solo recitals of 20 minutes from around the world.

Friday, July 16
icon-calendar July 16 7:00PM America/New_York First Round Session 6

Contestants perform their First Round solo recitals of 20 minutes from around the world.

First Round Session 6

Time: 7:00PM

Contestants perform their First Round solo recitals of 20 minutes from around the world.

Saturday, July 17
icon-calendar July 17 11:00AM America/New_York Virtual PianoKids

Our Virtual PianoKids series is back again this summer featuring our musical ambassadors, Admiral Emily and Captain Joe! Students (ages 3-8) are invited to join them on a world-wide adventure where they will learn different musical building-blocks and explore the countries of some of our CIPC contestants. As an extension of this year’s series, Admiral Emily and Captain Joe will bring a live and interactive program around Northeast Ohio that will have students helping solve a CIPC mystery!

Virtual PianoKids

Time: 11:00AM

Our Virtual PianoKids series is back again this summer featuring our musical ambassadors, Admiral Emily and Captain Joe! Students (ages 3-8) are invited to join them on a world-wide adventure where they will learn different musical building-blocks and explore the countries of some of our CIPC contestants. As an extension of this year’s series, Admiral Emily and Captain Joe will bring a live and interactive program around Northeast Ohio that will have students helping solve a CIPC mystery!

Saturday, July 17
icon-calendar July 17 2:00PM America/New_York Second Round Session 1

Contestants perform their Second Round solo recitals of 30 minutes from around the world.

Second Round Session 1

Time: 2:00PM

Contestants perform their Second Round solo recitals of 30 minutes from around the world.

Sunday, July 18
icon-calendar July 18 11:00AM America/New_York Virtual PianoKids

Our Virtual PianoKids series is back again this summer featuring our musical ambassadors, Admiral Emily and Captain Joe! Students (ages 3-8) are invited to join them on a world-wide adventure where they will learn different musical building-blocks and explore the countries of some of our CIPC contestants. As an extension of this year’s series, Admiral Emily and Captain Joe will bring a live and interactive program around Northeast Ohio that will have students helping solve a CIPC mystery!

Virtual PianoKids

Time: 11:00AM

Our Virtual PianoKids series is back again this summer featuring our musical ambassadors, Admiral Emily and Captain Joe! Students (ages 3-8) are invited to join them on a world-wide adventure where they will learn different musical building-blocks and explore the countries of some of our CIPC contestants. As an extension of this year’s series, Admiral Emily and Captain Joe will bring a live and interactive program around Northeast Ohio that will have students helping solve a CIPC mystery!

Sunday, July 18
icon-calendar July 18 2:00PM America/New_York Second Round Session 2

Contestants perform their Second Round solo recitals of 30 minutes from around the world.

Second Round Session 2

Time: 2:00PM

Contestants perform their Second Round solo recitals of 30 minutes from around the world.

Thursday, July 22
icon-calendar July 22 7:00PM America/New_York Second Round Performances Watch Party

Enjoy CIPC with fellow music lovers in a socially distanced setting, in a new fashion: Trivia Night! Yaron Kohlberg and Zsolt Bognár will host and test your knowledge of the piano and music. The evening will be hosted at The Music Box Supper Club.

Second Round Performances Watch Party

Time: 7:00PM

Enjoy CIPC with fellow music lovers in a socially distanced setting, in a new fashion: Trivia Night! Yaron Kohlberg and Zsolt Bognár will host and test your knowledge of the piano and music. The evening will be hosted at The Music Box Supper Club.

Thursday, July 22
icon-calendar July 22 7:00PM America/New_York Second Round Session 3

Contestants perform their Second Round solo recitals of 30 minutes from around the world.

Second Round Session 3

Time: 7:00PM

Contestants perform their Second Round solo recitals of 30 minutes from around the world.

Friday, July 23
icon-calendar July 23 7:00PM America/New_York Second Round Session 4

Contestants perform their Second Round solo recitals of 30 minutes from around the world.

Second Round Session 4

Time: 7:00PM

Contestants perform their Second Round solo recitals of 30 minutes from around the world.

Saturday, July 24
icon-calendar July 24 11:00AM America/New_York Virtual PianoKids

Our Virtual PianoKids series is back again this summer featuring our musical ambassadors, Admiral Emily and Captain Joe! Students (ages 3-8) are invited to join them on a world-wide adventure where they will learn different musical building-blocks and explore the countries of some of our CIPC contestants. As an extension of this year’s series, Admiral Emily and Captain Joe will bring a live and interactive program around Northeast Ohio that will have students helping solve a CIPC mystery!

Virtual PianoKids

Time: 11:00AM

Our Virtual PianoKids series is back again this summer featuring our musical ambassadors, Admiral Emily and Captain Joe! Students (ages 3-8) are invited to join them on a world-wide adventure where they will learn different musical building-blocks and explore the countries of some of our CIPC contestants. As an extension of this year’s series, Admiral Emily and Captain Joe will bring a live and interactive program around Northeast Ohio that will have students helping solve a CIPC mystery!

Sunday, July 25
icon-calendar July 25 11:00AM America/New_York Virtual PianoKids

Our Virtual PianoKids series is back again this summer featuring our musical ambassadors, Admiral Emily and Captain Joe! Students (ages 3-8) are invited to join them on a world-wide adventure where they will learn different musical building-blocks and explore the countries of some of our CIPC contestants. As an extension of this year’s series, Admiral Emily and Captain Joe will bring a live and interactive program around Northeast Ohio that will have students helping solve a CIPC mystery!

Virtual PianoKids

Time: 11:00AM

Our Virtual PianoKids series is back again this summer featuring our musical ambassadors, Admiral Emily and Captain Joe! Students (ages 3-8) are invited to join them on a world-wide adventure where they will learn different musical building-blocks and explore the countries of some of our CIPC contestants. As an extension of this year’s series, Admiral Emily and Captain Joe will bring a live and interactive program around Northeast Ohio that will have students helping solve a CIPC mystery!

Saturday, July 24
icon-calendar July 24 2:00PM America/New_York Second Round Session 5

Contestants perform their Second Round solo recitals of 30 minutes from around the world.

Second Round Session 5

Time: 2:00PM

Contestants perform their Second Round solo recitals of 30 minutes from around the world.

Sunday, July 25
icon-calendar July 25 2:00PM America/New_York Second Round Session 6

Contestants perform their Second Round solo recitals of 30 minutes from around the world.

Second Round Session 6

Time: 2:00PM

Contestants perform their Second Round solo recitals of 30 minutes from around the world.

Thursday, July 29
icon-calendar July 29 7:00PM America/New_York Semi-Final Round Performances Session 1

Live from Gartner Auditorium at the Cleveland Museum of Art, two Semi-Finalists perform solo recitals of 40-minutes, featuring popular music transcriptions commissioned specifically for the Cleveland International Piano Competition. Additional Semi-Finalists will also be paired up and featured in a piano duo performance.

Semi-Final Round Performances Session 1

Time: 7:00PM

Live from Gartner Auditorium at the Cleveland Museum of Art, two Semi-Finalists perform solo recitals of 40-minutes, featuring popular music transcriptions commissioned specifically for the Cleveland International Piano Competition. Additional Semi-Finalists will also be paired up and featured in a piano duo performance.

Friday, July 30
icon-calendar July 30 7:00PM America/New_York Semi-Final Round Performances Session 2

Live from Gartner Auditorium at the Cleveland Museum of Art, two Semi-Finalists perform solo recitals of 40-minutes, featuring popular music transcriptions commissioned specifically for the Cleveland International Piano Competition. Additional Semi-Finalists will also be paired up and featured in a piano duo performance.

Semi-Final Round Performances Session 2

Time: 7:00PM

Live from Gartner Auditorium at the Cleveland Museum of Art, two Semi-Finalists perform solo recitals of 40-minutes, featuring popular music transcriptions commissioned specifically for the Cleveland International Piano Competition. Additional Semi-Finalists will also be paired up and featured in a piano duo performance.

Saturday, July 31
icon-calendar July 31 10:00AM - 12:00PM America/New_York Jury Roundtable

President of Piano Cleveland Yaron Kohlberg leads the competition jurors in discussing what jurors listen for during performances and how music competitions impact careers.

Jury Roundtable

Time: 10:00AM - 12:00PM

President of Piano Cleveland Yaron Kohlberg leads the competition jurors in discussing what jurors listen for during performances and how music competitions impact careers.

Saturday, July 31
icon-calendar July 31 2:00PM America/New_York Semi-Final Round Performances Session 3

Live from Gartner Auditorium at the Cleveland Museum of Art, two Semi-Finalists perform solo recitals of 40-minutes, featuring popular music transcriptions commissioned specifically for the CIPC.  Additional Semi-Finalists will also be paired up and featured in a piano duo performance.

Semi-Final Round Performances Session 3

Time: 2:00PM

Live from Gartner Auditorium at the Cleveland Museum of Art, two Semi-Finalists perform solo recitals of 40-minutes, featuring popular music transcriptions commissioned specifically for the CIPC.  Additional Semi-Finalists will also be paired up and featured in a piano duo performance.

Sunday, August 1
icon-calendar August 1 10:00AM America/New_York Master Class

Mixon Hall, Cleveland Institute of Music
Nimrod David Pfeffer (Assistant Conductor at The Metropolitan Opera) and Margarita Shevchenko (1997 CIPC Medalist), members of the competition jury, will present a master class for talented local piano students.

Master Class

Time: 10:00AM

Mixon Hall, Cleveland Institute of Music
Nimrod David Pfeffer (Assistant Conductor at The Metropolitan Opera) and Margarita Shevchenko (1997 CIPC Medalist), members of the competition jury, will present a master class for talented local piano students.

Sunday, August 1
icon-calendar August 1 2:00PM America/New_York Semi-Final Round Performances Session 4

Live from Gartner Auditorium at the Cleveland Museum of Art, two Semi-Finalists perform solo recitals of 40-minutes, featuring popular music transcriptions commissioned specifically for the CIPC.  Additional Semi-Finalists will also be paired up and featured in a piano duo performance.

Semi-Final Round Performances Session 4

Time: 2:00PM

Live from Gartner Auditorium at the Cleveland Museum of Art, two Semi-Finalists perform solo recitals of 40-minutes, featuring popular music transcriptions commissioned specifically for the CIPC.  Additional Semi-Finalists will also be paired up and featured in a piano duo performance.

Tuesday, August 3
icon-calendar August 3 7:00PM America/New_York Chamber Round Performances Session 1

The first two of four finalists perform chamber music with the engaging Escher String Quartet in Gartner Auditorium at the Cleveland Museum of Art.

Chamber Round Performances Session 1

Time: 7:00PM

The first two of four finalists perform chamber music with the engaging Escher String Quartet in Gartner Auditorium at the Cleveland Museum of Art.

Wednesday, August 4
icon-calendar August 4 7:00PM America/New_York Chamber Round Performances Session 2

The second two of four finalists perform chamber music with the engaging Escher String Quartet in Gartner Auditorium at the Cleveland Museum of Art.

Chamber Round Performances Session 2

Time: 7:00PM

The second two of four finalists perform chamber music with the engaging Escher String Quartet in Gartner Auditorium at the Cleveland Museum of Art.

Thursday, August 5
icon-calendar August 5 2:00PM America/New_York Master Class

Mixon Hall, Cleveland Institute of Music
Matti Raekallio (Professor of Piano at The Juilliard School) and Michelle Cann (Eleanor Sokoloff Chair in Piano Studies at the Curtis Institute of Music), members of the competition jury, will present a master class for CIM piano students.

Master Class

Time: 2:00PM

Mixon Hall, Cleveland Institute of Music
Matti Raekallio (Professor of Piano at The Juilliard School) and Michelle Cann (Eleanor Sokoloff Chair in Piano Studies at the Curtis Institute of Music), members of the competition jury, will present a master class for CIM piano students.

Friday, August 6
icon-calendar August 6 7:00PM America/New_York Final Round Performances Session 1

The first two of four finalists perform concertos with the world-renowned Cleveland Orchestra, live from Severance Hall.

Final Round Performances Session 1

Time: 7:00PM

The first two of four finalists perform concertos with the world-renowned Cleveland Orchestra, live from Severance Hall.

Saturday, August 7
icon-calendar August 7 7:00PM America/New_York Final Round Performance Session 2

The second two of four finalists perform concertos with The Cleveland Orchestra, live from Severance Hall.

Final Round Performance Session 2

Time: 7:00PM

The second two of four finalists perform concertos with The Cleveland Orchestra, live from Severance Hall.

Sunday, August 8
icon-calendar August 8 TBD America/New_York Bravo Piano

Join us for a socially-distanced celebratory evening of cocktails, dinner, and exclusive solo performances by our newly awarded medalists at the beautiful lakeside Shoreby Club. Choose the best night for you!

Information regarding tickets coming soon.

Bravo Piano

Time: TBD

Join us for a socially-distanced celebratory evening of cocktails, dinner, and exclusive solo performances by our newly awarded medalists at the beautiful lakeside Shoreby Club. Choose the best night for you!

Information regarding tickets coming soon.

Monday, August 9
icon-calendar August 9 TBD America/New_York Bravo Piano

Join us for a socially-distanced celebratory evening of cocktails, dinner, and exclusive solo performances by our newly awarded medalists at the beautiful lakeside Shoreby Club. Choose the best night for you!

Information regarding tickets coming soon.

Bravo Piano

Time: TBD

Join us for a socially-distanced celebratory evening of cocktails, dinner, and exclusive solo performances by our newly awarded medalists at the beautiful lakeside Shoreby Club. Choose the best night for you!

Information regarding tickets coming soon.

Tuesday, August 10
icon-calendar August 10 TBD America/New_York Bravo Piano

Join us for a socially-distanced celebratory evening of cocktails, dinner, and exclusive solo performances by our newly awarded medalists at the beautiful lakeside Shoreby Club. Choose the best night for you!

Information regarding tickets coming soon.

Bravo Piano

Time: TBD

Join us for a socially-distanced celebratory evening of cocktails, dinner, and exclusive solo performances by our newly awarded medalists at the beautiful lakeside Shoreby Club. Choose the best night for you!

Information regarding tickets coming soon.

Wednesday, August 11
icon-calendar August 11 TBD America/New_York Bravo Piano

Join us for a socially-distanced celebratory evening of cocktails, dinner, and exclusive solo performances by our newly awarded medalists at the beautiful lakeside Shoreby Club. Choose the best night for you!

Information regarding tickets coming soon.

Bravo Piano

Time: TBD

Join us for a socially-distanced celebratory evening of cocktails, dinner, and exclusive solo performances by our newly awarded medalists at the beautiful lakeside Shoreby Club. Choose the best night for you!

Information regarding tickets coming soon.