Virtualoso Global Piano Competition for Artists Relief

Schedule of Events

List of Events

Wednesday, July 1

Announcement of contestants
Time: 10:00 AM

Join us as we announce the contestants that will participate in the Virtu(al)oso competition.

Thursday, July 16

Virtual PianoKids: Introduction
Time: 11:30 AM

Welcome to our Virtual PianoKids world tour, where we will be exploring the building blocks of music, and the countries from which our contestants will be performing! Get to know the piano in this introductory video and participate in a build-your-own piano craft to use during the rest of our series.

Friday, July 17

Virtual PianoKids: Painting with Music
Time: 11:30 AM

Experience the various color palettes of music as students learn about Timbre. Be ready to explore the different color tones of instruments and their sounds. Through hands-on, visual art activities, students will gain a better understanding of different sound qualities and how to express what they’re hearing.

Monday, July 20

Virtual PianoKids: China
Time: 11:30 AM

Our first stop is China, where we will learn about its culture and music! From the pentatonic scale to its native instruments, we dive into the qualities that make Chinese music sound so unique. Using a sound painting activity, students will have the chance to apply their new knowledge about Timbre to Chinese music.

Tuesday, July 21

Virtual PianoKids: Playing with Pitch
Time: 11:30 AM

Join us as we explore the “highs” and “lows” of Pitch, where students will learn how to differentiate high notes from low notes. Through fun, hands-on activities and sing-alongs – not to mention help from the animal kingdom – students will also gain a basic understanding of solfege.

Wednesday, July 22

Virtual PianoKids: Germany
Time: 11:30 AM

Next stop: Germany! We will get the chance revisit the subject of solfege and Pitch as we learn a German children’s song. Students will want to get up and move to demonstrate the fun ups-and-downs of Oompah music!

Thursday, July 23

Virtual PianoKids: Moving with Tempo
Time: 11:30 AM

Come move with us as we explore the idea of Tempo! With the help of a crafting activity, we learn how to feel slow, medium, and fast tempos through movement, and we consider how different tempos make us feel.

Friday, July 24

Virtual PianoKids: United Kindgom
Time: 11:30 AM

Hop across the pond to the United Kingdom to learn about its culture and music. Students will get an opportunity to apply their knowledge of Tempo as we listen to a popular classical music piece and learn some moves to an old-English folk dance.

Monday, July 27

Virtual PianoKids: Fun with Form
Time: 11:30 AM

Ever notice that songs often repeat certain words and melodies? Learn why as we explore the music building block of Form. Using a familiar children’s song and engaging movement and drawing activities, we break down two musical forms in a way that even our youngest listeners will be able to understand.

Tuesday, July 28

Virtual PianoKids: United States of America
Time: 11:30 AM

Our journey around the world ends with a closer look at the culture and music of our home country: the United States of America. We will be taking students on a journey through Jazz that will have them singing using scat syllables and incorporating their knowledge of Form structure as they play accompaniment on their craft pianos.

Wednesday, July 29

Opening Ceremony
Time: 7:00 PM

Hosted by Zsolt Bognar, host and creator of the popular video series, Living the Classical Life, and Piano Cleveland President Yaron Kohlberg, this exciting event will introduce our contestants and bring well-wishes from pianists, music leaders, and celebrities around the world. The ceremony will also feature a special performance by Israeli pianist Omri Mor.

Thursday, July 30

First Round, Session 1
Time: 7:00 PM

Five contestants perform a solo piano program of 20 minutes.

Friday, July 31

First Round, Session 2
Time: 7:00 PM

Five contestants perform a solo piano program of 20 minutes.

Saturday, August 1

First Round, Session 3
Time: 7:00 PM

Five contestants perform a solo piano program of 20 minutes.

Sunday, August 2

First Round, Session 4
Time: 7:00 PM

Five contestants perform a solo piano program of 20 minutes.

Monday, August 3

First Round, Session 5
Time: 7:00 PM

Five contestants perform a solo piano program of 20 minutes.

Tuesday, August 4

First Round, Session 6
Time: 7:00 PM

Five contestants perform a solo piano program of 20 minutes

Wednesday, August 5

Virtual PianoKids Live!
Time: 11:30 AM

Join your hosts Captain Joe and Admiral Emily for a live, virtual performance of PianoKids! Come prepared to show off your musical skills and knowledge picked up along our world tour as we present a fun, and interactive final program.

Emily Shelley, Piano Cleveland’s Education and Outreach Coordinator and Joe Leaman – videographer for The Quarantine Concerts – will host a live interactive event for our youngest audience members. This is the culmination of our Virtual PianoKids program, a series of nine short videos that introduces children (K-3) to core musical concepts through a world tour of our partner locations.

Wednesday, August 5

Announcement of finalists
Time: 7:00 PM

Join us as we announce the six finalists.

Thursday, August 6

Keys and Cocktails, Remixed
Time: 7:00 PM

Who wouldn’t want a private evening with Yaron Kohlberg at the piano, showing us how to make cocktails? This donor-only event will be a fun way to learn more about the repertoire for the Final Round and get to taste some delicious cocktails in the process.

Friday, August 7

Final Round, Session 1
Time: 7:00 PM

Three finalists perform a solo program of 30-35 minutes.

Saturday, August 8

Final Round, Session 2
Time: 7:00 PM

Three finalists perform a solo program of 30-35 minutes.

Sunday, August 9

Awards Ceremony
Time: 7:00 PM

Be there for the big announcement of our winners and hear their encore performances!

Saturday, August 15

Jury Roundtable
Time: 11:00 AM

Five of our six illustrious jury members will join in conversation with Yaron Kohlberg at the piano to discuss their experience judging in a virtual competition, their advice for developing pianists, and the future of the performing arts in these challenging times.