Kohlberg, diving into new job at Cleveland International Piano Competition

Posted on: November 13, 2018

“When pianist Yaron Kohlberg took office in September as the new executive director of the Cleveland International Piano Competition, the Israeli native and avid sports fan related instantly to the pride residents take in the city,” writes Zachary Lewis in Sunday’s (11/11) Plain Dealer (OH). “One thing, though, struck him as odd, especially in a city renowned for its music. Relatively few of the Clevelanders he met had attended or were even aware of the competition he now leads…. ‘That’s quite amazing to me,’ said Kohlberg… That’s a situation Kohlberg aims to fix [by] forging new connections across Northeast Ohio and working to elevate the event’s profile during noncontest years.… At the moment, he’s considering everything from presenting concerts in underserved neighborhoods to establishing partnerships with Cleveland’s professional sports teams…. Before his appointment, he also was a member of the groundbreaking piano duo Duo Amal, with Palestinian friend Bishara Haroni, which sought to forge peace through music…. A new transplant to Cleveland, Kohlberg said one of his most pressing obligations is to … ‘ to get to know what makes people in Northeast Ohio tick,’ Kohlberg said. ‘I totally see myself becoming a local.’ ”

Posted November 13, 2018