Cleveland International Piano Competition

Cleveland International Piano Competition – Virtu(al)oso


Additional Event added in 2020 due to COVID-19 – Virtu(al)oso

“We’re excited to bring to you Virtu(al)oso, a global piano competition designed to provide relief for contestants during these unprecedented times. The virtual competition comes as a thoughtful response to the economic challenges our artists are facing, and offers greater financial support to all contestants selected to compete by equalizing prize money across participants.

Thirty pianists will be selected by a screening jury to compete in two rounds of competitions, which will be pre-recorded from five Steinway locations across the globe including Cleveland, New York, London, Hamburg and Beijing. You can click here to see our health and safety guidelines. With the help of our artistic partner, Steinway & Sons, audiences can tune in on our website and social channels to view the competition from July 30 – August 9, 2020.

Audiences can help support our goal of bringing financial relief to these amazing musicians by making online donations to their pianists of choice throughout the competition.”

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.


Cleveland International Piano Competition

Fifteen days of exquisite performances, informative roundtable discussions, and can’t-miss parties. Audiences experience the best of the best and the First Prize winner takes home an award of $75,000, a Carnegie Hall recital debut, a recording on the Steinway & Sons label, and the launch of a U.S. concert career.

Cleveland International Piano Competition for Young Artists

A thrilling international competition for pianists between the ages of 12 and 17 that showcases their performance capabilities to a worldwide audience. Educational opportunities at the CIPC for Young Artists nurture their talent and prepare these astounding musicians for lifelong careers in music.

CIPC Concert Series

A diverse array of concerts throughout the year that “celebrate the art of piano.” Highlights from past concert series’ include the Cleveland debut of Martha Argerich with Sergei Babayan at Severance Hall, Bach specialist Angela Hewitt, and Juno Award Winner Marc-André Hamelin.

CIPC ArtsConnect

An educational outreach program designed to bring music into all facets of the Greater Cleveland community. The program works in partnership with a group of top-tier professional artists, community organizations, schools, and generous foundations to create innovative educational programs for young people and present concerts for all generations.


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30 Jul 2020 - 09 Aug 2020


All Day

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Cleveland, OH, USA


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