competitions showcasing talent

Past CIPC Medalists

nikita mndoyants 2016 First Prize Nikita Mndoyants Russia
Second Prize Leonardo Colafelice Italy Third Prize Dinara Klinton Ukraine Fourth Prize Georgy Tchaidze Russia
stanislav khristenko 2013 First Prize Stanislav Khristenko Russia
Second Prize Arseny Tarasevich-Nikolaev Russia Third Prize François Dumont France Fourth Prize Jiayan Sun China
Alexander Schimpf 2011 First Prize Alexander Schimpf Germany
Second Prize Alexey Chernov Russia Third Prize Eric Zuber United States Fourth Prize Kyu Yeon Kim Korea
martina filjak 2009 First Prize Martina Filjak Croatia
Second Prize Dmitri Levkovich Canada Third Prize William Youn Korea Fourth Prize Evgeny Brakhman Russia
Ghindin smiling for portrait 2007 First Prize Alexander Ghindin Russia
Second Prize Yaron Kohlberg Israel Third Prize Alexandre Moutouzkine Russia Fourth Prize Ran Dank Israel
chu fang headshot 2005 First Prize Chu-Fang Huang China
Second Prize Sergey Kuznetsov Russia Third Prize Stanislav Khristenko Russia Fourth Prize Spencer Myer United States
Kotaro headshot 2003 First Prize Kotaro Fukuma Japan
Second Prize Soyeon Lee Korea Third Prize Konstantin Soukhovetski Russia Fourth Prize Andrius Zlabys Lithuania
Roberto Plano headshot 2001 First Prize Roberto Plano Italy
Second Prize Minsoo Sohn Korea Third Prize Özgür Aydin Turkey Fourth Prize Gilles Vonsattel Switzerland
Pompa headshot 1999 First Prize Antonio Pompa-Baldi Italy
Second Prize Vassily Primakov Russia Third Prize Shoko Inoue Japan Fourth Prize Sean Botkin United States
Per Tengstrand headshot 1997 First Prize Per Tengstrand Sweden
Second Prize Gulnora Alimova Uzbekistan Third Prize Ning An United States Fourth Prize Dror Biran Israel
Margarita Shevchenko headshot 1995 First Prize Margarita Shevchenko Russia
Second Prize Marina Lomazov Ukraine/United States Third Prize Dimitry Teterin Russia Fourth Prize Giampolo Stuani Italy
Amir Katz headshot 1993 First Prize Amir Katz Israel
Second Prize Not Awarded Third Prize Seizo Azuma and Yuko Nakamichi Japan Fourth Prize Katsunori Ishii Japan
Ilya Itin headshot 1991 First Prize Ilya Itin Russia
Second Prize Anders Martinson United States Third Prize Markus Pawlik Germany Fourth Prize Jean-François Bouvery France Fifth Prize Timothy Bozarth United States Sixth Prize Hsin-Bei Lee Taiwan/China
Sergei Babayan headshot 1989 First Prize Sergei Babayan Armenia (USSR)
Second Prize Nicholas Angelich United States Third Prize Megumi Kaneko Japan Fourth Prize Pascal Godart France Fifth Prize François Chaplin France Sixth Prize Eglé Januleviciuté Lithuania (USSR)
Thierry Huillet headshot 1987 First Prize Thierry Huillet France
Second Prize Asaf Zohar Israel Third Prize Jonathan Bass United States Fourth Prize Beatrice Hsin-Chen Long Taiwan/China Fifth Prize Takayuki Ito Japan Sixth Prize Hiroko Atsumi Japan
Daejin Kim headshot 1985 First Prize Daejin Kim Korea
Second Prize Benedetto Lupo Italy Third Prize Helene Jeanney France Fourth Prize Neil Rutman United States Fifth Prize Yves Henry France Sixth Prize Dan-Wen Wei China
youngshin an headshot 1983 First Prize Youngshin An Korea
Second Prize Mayumi Kameda Japan Third Prize Stéphane Lemelin Canada Fourth Prize Roy Kogan United States Fifth Prize Dimitry Cogan United States/USSR Sixth Prize Silke-Thora Matthies West Germany
Philippe Bianconi headshot 1981 First Prize Philippe Bianconi France
Second Prize Dan Riddle United States Third Prize Rémy Loumbrozo France Fourth Prize Roy Kogan United States Fifth Prize Timothy Smith United States Sixth Prize Michael Boriskin United States
Edward Newman headshot 1979 First Prize Edward Newman USA
Second Prize Jean-Yves Thibaudet France Third Prize Angela Hewitt Canada Fourth Prize Frederick Blum United States Fifth Prize Peter Vinograde United States Sixth Prize Douglas Weeks United States
Nathalie Bera Tagrine headshot 1977 First Prize Nathalie Bera-Tagrine France
Second Prize Barry Salwen United States Third Prize Douglas Montgomery United States Fourth Prize Laura Silverman United States Fifth Prize Géry Moutier France Sixth Prize Sandra Shuler United States
John Owings headshot 1975 First Prize John Owings United States
Second Prize Julian Martin United States Third Prize John-Patrick Millow France Fourth Prize Roe Van Boskirk United States Fifth Prize Katsurako Mikami Japan Sixth Prize Pawel Checinski Poland
Gastón Frydman

Argentinian pianist Gastón Frydman possesses a voracious curiosity to explore the limits of what a 'classical music' concert means. He has won numerous awards and has performed in notable venues across the world as a soloist and as a chamber musician. In 2018, after receiving an invitation from Sergei Babayan, Frydman began his studies with Antonio Pompa-Baldi at the Cleveland Institute of Music. He received his Bachelor in Piano Performance and is currently pursuing his Master's with a specialization in Pedagogy at CIM.

Eva Gevorgyan

Critics rave at her “emotional eloquence and impeccable technique” combined with all “the important features of a mature master” (ICMA): 18-year old Armenian pianist Eva Gevorgyan has quickly established herself as one of the most promising talents in the pianistic world.

Eva Gevorgyan has performed with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Lucerne Symphony Orchestra, Mariinsky Orchestra, National Philharmonic Orchestra of Russia, Russian National Orchestra, State Academic Symphony Orchestra “Evgeny Svetlanov”, Canton Symphony Orchestra, Armenian National Philharmonic Orchestra, Malta Philharmonic and others. She has already performed at major concert venues including the Royal Albert Hall, Hamburg’s Laeiszhalle, the Mariinsky Concert Hall, Moscow Conservatory Great Hall, and KKL Lucerne. Eva has participated in the Verbier Festival, Duszniki International Chopin Piano Festival, Stars of the White Nights Festival, Eilat Chamber Music Festival, Palermo Classica Festival, the Perugia Piano Festival, ClaviCologne Festival and Klassik vor Acht, Jeune Chopin à Cannes, Ferrara Piano Festival, Elena Cobb Star Prize Festival, Fränkische Musiktage Alzenau and others. In January 2020 Eva was invited to perform in Yerevan in front of the President of Armenia Armen Sarkissian and his spouse. At the Alto Adige Festival she performed in the presence of Italy’s President Sergio Mattarella.

Eva has appeared with such conductors as Vladimir Spivakov, Lawrence Foster, Vasily Petrenko, Valery Gergiev, Alexander Sladkovsky, Roberto Beltrán-Zavala, Eduard Topchjan, Dimitris Botinis, Piotr Gribanov, Tigran Hakhnazaryan, Ruth Reinhardt, Anatoly Levin, Ilmar Lapinsh, and others.

At the XVIII International Chopin Competition in Warsaw Eva Gevorgyan was the youngest finalist. Evgeny Kissin chose Eva Gevorgyan as a scholar of the 2020 Klavierfestival Ruhr. Eva was also an ICMA Discovery Award winner at the 2019 International Classical Music Awards. She is a grand-prix winner of the Russian National Orchestra Competition in 2021. In total, Eva has received awards at more than forty international competitions for piano and composition in the United States, Germany, Italy, Spain, Poland, and Russia among others, including First Prize at the Cleveland International Piano Competition for Young Artists (incl. special prize for the best interpretation of Bach and Canton Symphony Orchestra Prize), First Prize at the Robert Schumann Piano Competition in Dusseldorf, Second Prize and the Press Award at the Cliburn Junior International Piano Competition, Grand Prix and special prize for best Chopin interpretation at the Chicago International Music Competition, and First Prize at the Jeune Chopin International Piano Competition in Martigny. She has been a laureate and received five special prizes at Moscow’s Grand Piano International Competition. Eva also won First Prizes at the Chopin International Piano Competition for Young Pianists in Szafarnia, Poland, and Portugal’s St. Cecilia International Piano Competition, and won the Grand Prix at the International Piano Competition of Giuliano Pecar in Gorizia, Italy. Eva was awarded the Junior Prize (City Prize) at the Eppan Junior Piano Academy (Italy).

Eva is a Young Yamaha Artist. She received a scholarship from the International Academy of Music in Liechtenstein and participates regularly in the intensive music weeks and activities offered by the Academy. She also holds scholarships from YerazArt Foundation, Foundation Artis Futura, and from the Armenian Assembly.

Eva Gevorgyan was born in April 2004. After studies with Natalia Trull at the Central Music School in Moscow, she joined the Reina Sofia School of Music in Madrid, where she continues to study with Stanislav Ioudenitch. Eva was invited to the International Piano Academy Lake Como, where she participated in masterclasses with Dmitry Bashkirov, Stanislav Ioudenitch and William Nabore. She has also participated in masterclasses with Pavel Gililov, Grigory Gruzman, Piotr Paleczny, Andrea Bonatta and Klaus Hellwig.

John Zion

John Zion serves as the Managing Director of MKI Artists, one of the leading classical music management agencies in the United States where he directs the careers of a prestigious roster of artists, ensembles, and composers. He is also a co-founder of that produced and streamed more than 300 concerts during the pandemic and continues to provide access to live music to audiences around the world.

Also an active consultant, John works with artists, administrators, and arts organizations on career development, project management, and digital marketing. John serves on the board of Chamber Music America and has guest lectured and presented on arts-related issues at the Colburn School of Music, University of Michigan, Manhattan School of Music, Banff Centre, APAP|NYC, and Chamber Music America’s National Conference. He was named one of the “Rising Stars in the Performing Arts” by Musical America in 2012 and received a BM in Violin Performance from the Hartt School of Music.

Gabriela Montero

Gabriela Montero’s visionary interpretations and unique compositional gifts have garnered her critical acclaim and a devoted following on the world stage. Anthony Tommasini remarked in The New York Times that “Montero’s playing had everything: crackling rhythmic brio, subtle shadings, steely power…soulful lyricism…unsentimental expressivity.”

Recipient of the prestigious 2018 Heidelberger Frühling Music Prize, Montero’s recent and forthcoming highlights include debuts with the New World Symphony (Michael Tilson Thomas), Yomiuri Nippon Symphony in Tokyo (Aziz Shokhakimov), Orquesta de Valencia (Pablo Heras-Casado), and the Bournemouth Symphony (Carlos Miguel Prieto), the latter of which featured her as Artist-in-Residence for the 2019-2020 season. Montero also recently performed her own “Latin” Concerto with the Orchestra of the Americas at the Hamburg Elbphilharmonie and Edinburgh Festival, as well as at Carnegie Hall and the New World Center with the NYO2. Additional highlights include a planned European tour with the City of Birmingham Symphony and Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla; a second tour with the cutting edge Scottish Ensemble, this time with Montero’s latest composition Babel as the centrepiece of the programme; her long-awaited return to Warsaw for the Chopin in Europe Festival, marking 23 years since her prize win at the International Chopin Piano Competition; and return invitations to work with Marin Alsop and the Baltimore Symphony, Jaime Martin and the Orquestra de Cadaqués for concerts in Madrid and Barcelona, and Alexander Shelley and the National Arts Centre Orchestra of Canada.

Celebrated for her exceptional musicality and ability to improvise, Montero has performed with many of the world’s leading orchestras to date, including: the Royal Liverpool, Rotterdam, Dresden, Oslo, Vienna Radio, and Netherlands Radio philharmonic orchestras; the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, NDR Sinfonieorchester Hamburg, NDR Radiophilharmonie Hannover, Zürcher Kammerorchester, Academy of St Martin in the Fields, and Australian Chamber Orchestra; the Pittsburgh, Detroit, Houston, Atlanta, Toronto, Baltimore, Vienna, City of Birmingham, Barcelona, Lucerne, and Sydney symphony orchestras; the Belgian National Orchestra, Württembergisches Kammerorchester.

A graduate and Fellow of the Royal Academy of Music in London, Montero is also a frequent recitalist and chamber musician, having given concerts at such distinguished venues as the Wigmore Hall, Kennedy Center, Vienna Konzerthaus, Berlin Philharmonie, Frankfurt Alte Oper, Cologne Philharmonie, Leipzig Gewandhaus, Munich Herkulessaal, Sydney Opera House, Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Luxembourg Philharmonie, Lisbon Gulbenkian Museum, Manchester Bridgewater Hall, Seoul’s LG Arts Centre, Hong Kong City Hall, the National Concert Hall in Taipei, and at the Barbican’s ‘Sound Unbound’, Edinburgh, Salzburg, SettembreMusica in Milan and Turin, Lucerne, Ravinia, Gstaad, Saint-Denis, Violon sur le Sable, Aldeburgh, Cheltenham, Rheingau, Ruhr, Trondheim, Bergen, and Lugano festivals.

Montero is also an award-winning and bestselling recording artist. Her most recent album, released in autumn 2019 on the Orchid Classics label, features her own “Latin” Concerto and Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G Major, recorded with the Orchestra of the Americas in Frutillar, Chile. Her previous recording on Orchid Classics features Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No. 2 and her first orchestral composition, Ex Patria, winning Montero her first Latin Grammy® for Best Classical Album (Mejor Álbum de Música Clásica). Others include Bach and Beyond, which held the top spot on the Billboard Classical Charts for several months and garnered her two Echo Klassik Awards: the 2006 Keyboard Instrumentalist of the Year and 2007 Award for Classical Music without Borders. In 2008, she also received a Grammy® nomination for her album Baroque, and in 2010 she released Solatino, a recording inspired by her Venezuelan homeland and devoted to works by Latin American composers.

Montero made her formal debut as a composer with Ex Patria, a tone poem designed to illustrate and protest Venezuela’s descent into lawlessness, corruption, and violence. The piece was premiered in 2011 by the Academy of St Martin in the Fields. Montero’s first full-length composition, Piano Concerto No. 1, the “Latin“ Concerto, was first performed at the Leipzig Gewandhaus with the MDR Sinfonieorchester and Kristjan Järvi, and subsequently recorded and filmed with the Orchestra of the Americas for the ARTE Konzert channel.

Winner of the 4th International Beethoven Award, Montero is a committed advocate for human rights, whose voice regularly reaches beyond the concert hall. She was named an Honorary Consul by Amnesty International in 2015, and recognised with Outstanding Work in the Field of Human Rights by the Human Rights Foundation for her ongoing commitment to human rights advocacy in Venezuela. She was invited to participate in the 2013 Women of the World Festival at London’s Southbank Centre, and has spoken and performed twice at the World Economic Forum in Davos-Klosters. She was also awarded the 2012 Rockefeller Award for her contribution to the arts and was a featured performer at Barack Obama’s 2008 Presidential Inauguration.

Born in Venezuela, Montero started her piano studies at age four with Lyl Tiempo, making her concerto debut at age eight in her hometown of Caracas. This led to a scholarship from the government to study privately in the USA and then at the Royal Academy of Music in London with Hamish Milne.