Winners announced for 2021 Cleveland Piano Competition

Posted on: August 11, 2021

“A 24-year-old seasoned competition winner has taken the top prize in the Cleveland International Piano Competition, which concluded over the weekend in Severance Hall with the [Cleveland Orchestra] performing Rachmaninoff’s Third Piano Concerto conducted by Jahja Ling,” writes Susan Elliott in Monday’s (8/9) Musical America (subscription required). “Martín García García of Spain takes home $75,000 for First Prize, plus the $2,000 Audience Prize, the $5,000 Chamber Music Prize, and the $5,000 Duo Piano Prize, shared with Israeli pianist Rafael Skorka. In addition, the top award includes a New York recital debut, recording by Steinway & Sons, professional management, and artist consulting by Gold Sound Media…. The 2021 edition was in fact the 2020 competition, postponed. Much of it was streamed live and will be available to the public … on the competition website. Croatian pianist Lovre Marušic, 28, took home the $25,000 second prize…. South Korean Byeol Kim, 31, earned $15,000 for Third…. Yedam Kim, 32, also from South Korea, took home the $10,000 for the fourth…. An additional $27,000 was distributed in special prizes…. Cleveland International Piano Competition Jury: Margarita Shevchenko (Chairman), Michelle Cann, Jeremy Denk, Noriko Ogawa, Nimrod David Pfeffer, Linda Petríková, Balázs Szokolay, Mira Yevtich.”