Cleveland International Piano Competition creates virtual competition

Posted on: May 11, 2020

Piano Cleveland, the presenting organization of the Cleveland International Piano Competition, has announced Virtu(al)oso, an online piano competition for pianists ages 18 to 32, designed to help provide financial support during the pandemic. Applications opened on May 1, and the two-round competition will be broadcast online from July 30 to August 9, 2020. In partnership with Steinway & Sons, the competition will be recorded at five Steinway galleries including Cleveland, New York, London, Hamburg, and Beijing. The 30 contestants selected to compete will record their performances at the nearest participating Steinway location while adhering to all regional health and safety guidelines. The competition is structured to equalize prize money among participants, with all pianists competing receiving a minimum of $1,000; audiences will have the option to donate to contestants of their choice throughout the competition. The competition will also offer career and management support to the top three finalists. Performances will be broadcast on Piano Cleveland’s website and social-media pages, as well as Steinway & Sons’ YouTube channel. Pianists near any of the five Steinway locations may apply. More information is available at pianocleveland.org.