Cleveland - Cleveland International Piano Competition
The Cleveland International Piano Competition is known as one of the top international piano competitions worldwide. It provides a unique experience for young pianists, as finalists perform in the finals with the Cleveland Orchestra. The first prize winner receives a cash prize of $75,000, artist management services and a debut at New York City's Carnegie Hall. The competition will be offering new attractive prizes in its next edition in 2024.
The roots of the CIPC were established in 1974 with a biennial competition to honor the great French pianist Robert Casadesus and the warm relationship he had with legendary Cleveland Orchestra conductor George Szell.
In the mid-1990s a reorganization reframed the governance and structure of the organization, and created the name under which it operates today.
In the years since, CIPC has grown from a single, biennial international competition into a fully-fledged arts organization.
The original Cleveland International Piano Competition is now on a four-year cycle, alternating every two years with CIPC for Young Artists, an international competition for pianists aged 12 to 17.
The organization also presents a year-long concert series in competition off years, and coordinates an extensive community outreach and education program designed to bring music into the lives of public school students, the elderly, and the community at large.