2019 Encore!

The Cleveland International Piano Competition
Invites you to attend


Saturday, October 12, 2019
InterContinental Hotel Cleveland

In honor of Linda and James Venner for their incredible support of CIPC

Enjoy a magnificent evening of dinner, drinks, raffle, and musical performances to support the Cleveland International Piano Competition in the beautifully appointed Founders Ballroom of the InterContinental Hotel Cleveland. CIPC welcomes the return of past medalists to Cleveland as they come together to play works for two pianos, one piano eight hands, and even four pianos in a thrilling musical tour de force.

Join us for this one-of-a-kind musical experience to benefit the Cleveland International Piano Competition!

6:00 pm Cocktails and Raffle
7:00 pm Performances by CIPC Medalists
Arianna Körting (2012), Konstantin Soukhovetski (2003), Jiayan Sun (2013)
7:30 pm Dinner
9:00 pm Musical Celebration

Attire: Black Tie Optional

Individual Tickets: $350 Ticket(s) (Tax deduction of $224)
Table Sponsorship: $3,500 for a table of ten (Tax deduction of $2,240)

To sponsor a table, please contact Marissa Moore, Development Officer, at (216) 707-5397.

Buy Individual Tickets

Make a weekend of it with our special room rate from the Intercontinental Hotel and the Intercontinental Hotel Suites on Euclid Avenue.
Call: 855-765-8709 for the Hotel or 855-268-0352 for the Suites and mention the October 12 CIPC gala.

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Featured CIPC Medalists

Cleveland native Arianna Körting (2012 CIPC for Young Artists 1st Prize Winner) is currently studying at The Juilliard School with Jerome Lowenthal and Hung-Kuan Chen. She has been featured on NPR’s From the Top, performed the National Anthem for the Cleveland Indians Opening Day, and has also performed in Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, Steinway Hall in NYC, and at the Gilmore International Keyboard Festival.

Russian pianist Konstantin Soukhovetski (2003 CIPC 3rd Prize Medalist) is an Artist-in-Residence at Pianofest in the Hamptons and an avid performer in the New York area. He is rapidly earning a reputation as a “young pianist who captivates” with his “distinctive lyricism,” “immaculate technique,” and “vigor…refinement… and drama” (The New York Times). Mr. Soukhovetski has performed in such notable venues as Wigmore Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Carnegie Hall, the Phillips Collection, and many more.

Hailing from China, Jiayan Sun (2013 CIPC 4th Prize Medalist and Audience Prize Winner) received his Doctor of Musical Arts degree from The Juilliard School under the tutelage of Yoheved Kaplinsky and Stephen Hough. He has been praised by the Toronto Star for his “technically flawless, poetically inspired and immensely assured playing.” Mr. Sun is currently the Iva Dee Hiatt Visiting Artist in Piano at Smith College.

Master of Ceremonies
Zsolt Bognár will join the Encore! gala as Master of Ceremonies for the evening, interviewing the medalists and providing commentary. Mr. Bognár is an award-winning pianist, writer, and Ted Talk presenter. European critics characterize his playing as “overwhelmingly visceral” and “of crystalline precision.” His diverse projects have earned him an Arthur Loesser Prize and a Harvard Musical Association award. After studying at the Cleveland Institute of Music with Sergei Babayan, Bognár made his German debut in 2012 at Konzerthaus Berlin in a sold-out performance. The following year marked his recording debut, Franz & Franz, and his receipt of an International Festival Society Grant, which funded projects in Lugano with Martha Argerich and Sergei Babayan and studies with the Wilhelm Kempff Foundation in Italy. Mr. Bognár appears regularly with members of the Cleveland Orchestra and on National Public Radio both as a commentator and performer.


The following items will be a part of the raffle at the event on October 12

Four tickets to Cleveland Browns vs. Miami Dolphins on November 24
Original sculpture of blown glass by a local artist
Two prime seats at a Cleveland Orchestra concert
A week at a vacation house on Lake George (for 4-6 people)
Chef’s Table Dinner for four at Dante’s
Gourmet dinner for four in your home with Chef Sue (Susan Weiler)
Dinner at Table 45 and a one-night stay at InterContinental Hotel Cleveland
Private docent-led tour of Michelangelo: Mind of the Master at the Cleveland Museum of Art along with lunch for four at Provenance
Two all-access subscriptions to the 2020 Cleveland International Piano Competition


This gala event could not take place without the support of our sponsors.

Anne B. and Richard S. Ames
Zeda W. Blau
Gertrude and Homer Chisholm
Jill and Paul Clark
Kathleen Coleman
Rand and Beth Curtiss
Peggy and Thomas Demitrack
Justine and John Gevisser
Linda and Manuel Glynias
Hahn Loeser & Parks LLP
Lori and John Herman
& Weinberg Capital Group
Gina and Brian Jeckering
Peta Moskowitz
Peter and Sue Osenar
Dr. Gösta and Ninna Pettersson
PNC Bank
Clara T. Rankin
Albert B. and Audrey G. Ratner
Mrs. David Seidenfeld
Linda and Dan Silverberg
Mary and Nathaniel Smith
Steinway Piano Gallery Cleveland
Herb and Jody Wainer


This gala event could not take place without the support of our committee and its co-chairs.

Justine Gevisser
Gina Jeckering

Anne B. Ames
Suzanne Blaser
Zeda W. Blau
Gertrude K. Chisholm
Jill Goubeaux Clark
Kathleen Coleman
Teresa Good
Iris Harvie
Peta Moskowitz
Deborah Neale
Lynn B. Schwartz
Astri Seidenfeld
Mary Smith
Nancy Sin
Moira and Wulf Utian