Deadline Approaching for 2018 CIPC for Young Artists Application


Pianists between the ages of 12 and 17 have until November 1 to submit an application to CIPC for Young Artists, taking place in Cleveland, May 30 through June 9, 2018.  Complete application information and a link to the online application portal can be accessed here:




The competition offers master classes, complimentary tickets to all guest artist performances, complimentary room and board, an opportunity to perform with the Canton Symphony Orchestra in the final round, as well as generous prizes. Prizes include:

Senior Division
First Prize: $25,000,
presented by Zoya Reyzis

Second Prize: $10,000

Third Prize: $5,000

Junior Division
First Prize: $10,000

Second Prize: $5,000,
presented by Clara T. Rankin

Third Prize: $2,500, presented by Brian and Gina Jeckering

Additional Prizes
A guest artist concerto performance during a future season of the
Canton Symphony Orchestra, Gerhardt Zimmermann, Music Director. Artist to be selected from among the six finalists by Maestro Zimmermann.

An invitation from the International Franz Liszt Competition in the Netherlands to the first prize winner in the Senior and Junior Division to perform at Amsterdam’s famous Grachtenfestival in August 2018. Participation includes the Competition’s Master Class Academy in Utrecht and Amsterdam, which features master classes in solo piano and chamber music, an entertaining cooking clinic, media training, and guided tours of Dutch cultural gems such as the Van Gogh Museum and the Rijksmuseum. Transportation, board, lodging, and tuition will be provided.

An invitation to participate in Pianofest in the Hamptons, a summer festival offering exceptionally concentrated study to a small group of pianists selected by audition.


All applications, as well as the performance recording that is required to be submitted with the application, will be assessed by the Screening Jury. This jury will admit 20 contestants: ten in the Junior Division (ages 12 to 14) and ten in the Senior Division (ages 15 to 17).

Paul Schenly (USA)
Chairman of the Screening Jury
Artistic Director, Cleveland International Piano Competition
Founder and Director, Pianofest in the Hamptons
Former Chair of the Piano Department, Cleveland Institute of Music

Hyoung-Joon Chang (South Korea)
Professor of Piano, Seoul National University

Emanuela Friscioni (Italy)
Professor of Piano, Cuyahoga Community College and Cleveland Institute of Music

Caroline Oltmanns (Germany)
Professor of Piano, Youngstown State University

Pierre van der Westhuizen (South Africa/USA)
President and CEO, Cleveland International Piano Competition