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First Prize

Mixon First Prize $75,000 USD Presented by Mr.* and Mrs. A. Malachi Mixon IIICarnegie Hall Debut recitalRecital at Tonhalle Zürich Professional Management Services and Mentorship provided by Arabella Arts and Piano ClevelandRecording by Steinway & Sons, New York

We are honored to share in the keeping of A. Malachi Mixon III’s memory through the Mixon First Prize.Please read more about Mal’s vision of the CIPC here.

Second Prize

Knowlton Second Prize $25,000 USDIn honor of Karen Knowlton, presented with major endowment support from Mr. and Mrs. Richard A. Manuel* and Mrs. Marvin A. Evenchik*

Third Prize

Cash award $15,000 USDEndowed by Mr. and Mrs. Richard A. Manuel*

Fourth Prize

Cash award $10,000 USDPresented by Dr. Richard Kaufman, in memory of Carol Kaufman, a member of the founding committee of the Cleveland International Piano Competition

Artist management services for the Mixon First Prize Winner provided by Piano Cleveland in partnership with Arabella Arts


Artist Development Program

Prizes within the Artist Development Program are open to Quarter-Finalists – Finalists, depending on the prize. These unique career development opportunities include:
  • Residencies at northeast Ohio universities, including the Cleveland Institute of Music, the University of Akron, and Kent State University 
  • The G. Henle Verlag Urtext Prize, awarded to best performance of a piano trio during the Semi-Final Round. The prize includes: 
    • Printed Urtext editions of Henle catalog (or 50,000 credits for the Henle Library App) 
    • A visit to the G. Henle Verlag publishing house in Munich with an exclusive Urtext workshop 
    • Opportunity to perform in the publishing house’s concert room 
    • G. Henle Verlag will also give 1,000 credits for the Henle Library App for each Quarter-Finalist as well as a recently-published Urtext edition and a copy of their “Notes” sketchbook  
  • Mentorship opportunities with leading pianists, faculty, and innovators in the classical music world, including Jonathan Biss, Angela Hewitt, Hyung-ki Joo of Igudesman & Joo, and Konstantin Soukhovetski 
  • Performance Opportunities, including chamber music collaborations with ChamberFest Cleveland and recitals at International Keyboard Odyssiad® and Festival 
  • Short courses in personal branding and social media, fundraising, artist finances and similar topics, offered in partnership with Young Concert Artists 
  • Workshops on how to build new programming and audience engagement 


SEMI-FINALIST PRIZES$2,000To each of the four semi-finalists who do not advance to the final round, presented by William O. and Gertrude Lewis Frohring Foundation in memory of Gertrude Lewis Frohring
QUARTER-FINALIST PRIZES $1,000To each Quarter-Finalist who does not advance to the Semi-Final Round

Special Prizes

Audience Prize$2,000 presented to the finalist voted Audience Favorite during the final round on August 9 and 10.
Baroque Prize$2,500 for best performance of a Baroque competition, endowed by Art of Beauty/Michael and Zoya Reyzis
Beethoven Prize$2,000 for the best performance of a work by Beethoven, endowed by Barbara Evenchik* in memory of Marvin Evenchik*
Cairns Family American Prize$1,500 for the best performance of an American work composed after 1944, endowed by The Cairns Family Foundation
Chopin Prize$2,000 for the best performance of a Chopin composition, endowed by the William O. and Gertrude Lewis Frohring Foundation in memory of Gertrude Lewis Frohring*
Female Composer Prize$2,500 for the best performance of a composition by a female composer.
Mozart Prize$1,500 for the best performance of a Mozart composition, endowed by Dr. and Mrs.* Richard Kaufman

Additional prizes to be announced.