Twenty-five pianists are competing from May 12 to 21 in the first International Young Artists Competition presented by Cleveland International Piano Competition, comprising junior (ages 12 to 15) and senior (ages 16 to 18) divisions. The competition was launched in 2003 as a one-day competition and institute for Ohio pianists, and has been expanded this year to ten days, with contestants from South Korea, Serbia, Croatia, and China, as well as the U.S. The competition kicked off on May 12 with a recital by Vassily Primakov at Baldwin Wallace University in Berea, Ohio. The competition continues through May 21, when three contestants from each division will perform at the Cleveland Museum of Art in the final round with the Canton Symphony Orchestra, led by Gerhardt Zimmermann. The semifinal and final rounds are also being streamed live on CIPC’s homepage. The winner of the senior division will receive $25,000, with $10,000 for second prize and $5,000 for third prize. First-, second-, and third-prize winners in the junior division receive $10,000, $5,000 and $2,500.
Posted May 19, 2015