Cleveland International Piano Competition Announces 2016 Jury

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Cleveland International Piano Competition
Announces 2016 Jury

August 12, 2015

The jury has been announced for the next Cleveland International Piano Competition (CIPC), which will be held July 24 through August 7, 2016 at the Cleveland Museum of Art and Severance Hall.   Andrea Bonatta, Artistic Director and Chairman of Jury of the Ferruccio Busoni International Piano Competition, will serve as chairman of the eight-member panel.

“We are extremely pleased by the quality of the jury for the 2016 competition,” said CIPC President and CEO Pierre van der Westhuizen.  “We have an extraordinary group of pianists and teachers, with a great deal of experience judging at top-level competitions.  Most importantly, we have broad-based international representation, which will help maintain fairness.”

The complete jury is as follows.  Please click here for full bios.

Andrea Bonatta, Italy
Mr. Bonatta is Artistic Director and Chairman of the Jury for the Ferruccio Busoni International Piano Competition.  He performs, conducts, and teaches master classes internationally.  Mr. Bonatta has recorded extensively, including the complete piano works of Brahms, as well as CDs dedicated to Liszt and Schubert.  He also authored a book on the works of Brahms.

Hyoung-Joon Chang, Korea
Dr. Chang is Professor of Piano at Seoul National University.  He frequently teaches master classes in top schools around the world, and enjoys an international performance career.  He has recorded on the Pro Arte, Warner Music and GENUIN labels.

Arnaldo Cohen, Brazil
Mr. Cohen currently serves as Professor of Piano at Indiana University.  He is an acclaimed international pianist who has performed with major orchestras, including Philadelphia, Cleveland, and Los Angeles Philharmonic.

Pavlina Dokovska, Bulgaria
Ms. Dokovska is Coordinator of the Piano Department at Mannes College The New School for Music, New York.  She performs internationally and has recorded on multiple labels.

Jerome Lowenthal, USA
Mr. Lowenthal is a dedicated and much-admired teacher at The Juilliard School and the summertime Music Academy of the West.  He enjoys a successful international performance career and has recorded extensively.

Ursula Oppens, USA
Ms. Oppens is Distinguished Professor of Music at Brooklyn College and the Graduate Center, City University of New York.  She performs in recital and with orchestra worldwide and has been recognized with four Grammy nominations.

Antonio-Pompa Baldi, Italy/USA
First prize winner at the 1999 Cleveland International Piano Competition, Mr. Pompa-Baldi currently teaches at the Cleveland Institute of Music.  He appears regularly at the world’s major concert venues and has recorded 20 CDs.

Zhe Tang, China
Dr. Tang is on the faculty of the Shanghai Conservatory of Music.  He is a frequent adjudicator at international piano competitions and recently was given the “Grand Award for Excellence in Teaching” by the Chinese government.


About the CIPC
The Cleveland International Piano Competition is an organization dedicated to supporting the young artists who have made our musical heritage their life’s work.  This is accomplished through four major programs and events, including the Cleveland International Piano Competition and Festival, the CIPC Young Artists Competition and Institute, the CIPC Concert Series, and ArtsConnect, a music-based community outreach program.

Within this framework, the organization presents two major international competitions:  First is the Cleveland International Piano Competition for artists ages 18 to 30, which was founded in 1974.  It attracts the best young piano talent from around the world to compete for top prizes; engages an audience of 10 to 15,000 over a period of 15 days; and culminates in two sold-out performances at Severance Hall that feature the four finalists performing with The Cleveland Orchestra.  Second is CIPC Young Artists, for artists ages 12 to 18.  A fairly new event, CIPC Young Artists is an international competition designed to provide a top-level competition and learning experience for very young pianists who have the talent and potential to engage in successful performance careers.

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