Piano competition seeks contestants

Staff report

CLEVELAND — The Cleveland International Piano Competition (CIPC) has announced details regarding CIPC for Young Artists, the organization’s international competition for pianists 12 to 17.

The event will be May 30 through June 9, 2018, in Cleveland. Twenty pianists in two age groups will be invited to participate following a rigorous, worldwide preliminary screening round, 10 in the junior division for children 12 to 14 and 10 in the senior division for pianists 15 to 17. Eligibility is determined by age as of June 9, 2018.

In Cleveland, all contestants will perform before audiences and a professional jury. The jury will hear all contestants in two solo rounds, then vote as follows: advance three contestants from each division to the final concerto round, where each pianist will perform with an orchestra; rank all finalists and award first, second and third prizes in each division.

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

Interested students must submit a performance recording and complete an application form, available at clevelandpiano.org. Applications must be received by Nov. 1.

Prizes in the senior division are $25,000, first; $10,000, second; $5,000, third. Prizes in the junior division are $10,000, first; $5,000, second; $2,500, third.

Staff report