CLEVELAND INTERNATIONAL PIANO COMPETITION ANNOUNCES SWEEPING CHANGES TO YOUNG ARTISTS COMPETITION

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16 January, 2014

CLEVELAND INTERNATIONAL PIANO COMPETITION ANNOUNCES SWEEPING CHANGES TO YOUNG ARTISTS COMPETITION

Thursday, January 16, 2014, Cleveland, OH – Next year approximately 25 very gifted piano students from around the world will experience what may be the most exciting challenge of their young lives – the completely restructured CIPC Young Artists competition.

Launched by the Cleveland International Piano Competition (CIPC) in 2005 as a one-day competition for Ohio piano students, the program has been reorganized this year to follow the multi-round format of the CIPC. 

The event will be held May 13-22, 2015 at Baldwin Wallace University in Berea, Ohio.  Contestants will participate in two age groups:  Juniors (age 12 to 15) and Seniors (age 16 to 18).  Pianists from any country are invited to apply; those who are accepted will be housed in dormitories on the Baldwin Wallace campus for the duration of the competition.

An institute will be held concurrently with the competition, during which time the students will receive master classes and coaching from members of the jury and guest lecturers.  The institute also will feature guest artist recitals and symposia.

Students in each age group will perform three solo rounds and one final round with orchestra in front of audiences and a professional jury.  All candidates will perform two rounds before the first jury vote.  Six candidates from each age group will advance to the Semi-Final round and two candidates from each age group will advance to the Final round.

THE JURY
Paul Schenly, Chairman, USA
Yoheved Kaplinsky, USA
Dorian Leljak, Serbia
Sean Schulze, USA/South Africa
Alexander Schimpf, Germany
Kyung Sook Lee, South Korea
Lei Weng, China

PRIZES

Junior Division
John and Maxeen Flower First Prize: $10,000
Second Prize: $5,000
Third Prize: $2,500

Senior Division
First Prize, presented by Zoya Reyzis: $25,000
Second Prize: $10,000
Third Prize: $5,000

The Junior Division First Prize is named in honor of John and Maxeen Flower, who endowed the CIPC Young Artists competition through a generous gift.  Dr. John Flower also was a long-serving member of the board of directors and was primarily responsible for the creation of the original youth competition in 2005.

The Senior Division First Prize is presented by Zoya Reyzis, who, along with her husband, Michael, has been a generous patron and member of the CIPC board of directors for many years.

AUDITIONS
All students interested in participating in the CIPC Young Artists competition will be required to apply online.  The process consists of completing an application form and uploading a performance video of 30 minutes that includes one movement of a Classical sonata (Beethoven, Haydn or Mozart) and one virtuosic etude of the candidate’s choice.  The application process will be open in the Spring of 2014.  Complete details will be available soon at clevelandpiano.org.

Competition Repertoire: Junior Division
First Round: 20 minutes of music
Second Round: 20 minutes of music

During the course of the First and Second Rounds, the following categories must be represented.  Categories may be repeated and audition repertoire may be repeated. Once the required categories are met, remaining time can be filled with repertoire of the candidate’s choice.

• A virtuosic etude by Chopin, Liszt, Rachmaninoff or Debussy.
• A Classical sonata by Beethoven, Haydn, or Mozart.
• A work/group of works written during the 20th or 21st century.
Semi-Final Round: 30 minutes of music
• A work/group of works by J.S. Bach
• A large-scale work/group of works by a Romantic composer
• If time permits, a work of the candidate’s choice
Final Round:  one movement of a concerto performed with the Cleveland International Piano Competition Orchestra. Selections appear below.

Competition Repertoire: Senior Division
First Round: 25 minutes of music
Second Round: 25 minutes of music

During the course of the First and Second Rounds, the following categories must be represented.  Categories may be repeated and audition repertoire may be repeated. Once the required categories are met, remaining time can be filled with repertoire of the contestant’s choice.

• A virtuosic etude by Chopin.
• A virtuosic etude by the candidate’s choice
• A Classical sonata by Beethoven, Haydn, or Mozart.
• A work/group of works written during the 20th or 21st century.
Semi-Final Round: 45 minutes of music
• A work/group of works by J.S. Bach
• A large-scale work/group of works by a Romantic composer
• If time permits, a work of the candidate’s choice
Final Round:  one movement of a concerto performed with the Cleveland International Piano Competition Orchestra. Selections appear below.

Concerto Repertoire:  Junior and Senior Divisions
W.A. Mozart
Piano Concerto No. 23 in A Major, K. 488, first movement
Piano Concerto No. 20 in D Minor, K. 466, first movement

L.V. Beethoven
Piano Concerto No. 1 in C Major, Op.15, first movement
Piano Concerto No. 3 in C Minor, Op. 37, first movement

F. Mendelssohn
Piano Concerto No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 25, first movement OR second and third movements
Concerto No. 2 in D Minor, Op. 40, first movement OR second and third movements

F. Chopin
Piano Concerto No. 2 in F Minor, Op. 21, first movement

E. Grieg
Piano Concerto in in A Minor, Op. 16, first movement

 

ABOUT CLEVELAND INTERNATIONAL PIANO COMPETITION
The triennial Cleveland International Piano Competition is held over nearly two weeks at the Cleveland Museum of Art and Severance Hall.  By attracting the world’s best young concert pianists, presenting a diversely-programmed festival, and showcasing the skills of the finalists with the incomparable Cleveland Orchestra, it has become recognized worldwide as one of the most innovative and rewarding competition experiences for both pianists and audiences. 

For more information visit the CIPC website, clevelandpiano.org.

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