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CSO and CIPC to partner next year for the piano competition

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It has been announced that next year’s Cleveland International Piano Competition will be a partnership with the Canton Symphony Orchestra. The four finalists of the competition (two in the Junior Division and Two in the Senior Division) will perform with the Canton Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Maestro Gerhardt Zimmermann and will determine the final rankings. This marks the first time that the Canton Symphony will be performing in Cleveland’s University Circle area.

“This partnership presents an opportunity for young pianists to play with an outstanding orchestra made up of top tier musicians,” said CIPC President and CEO Pierre van der Westhuizen. “It is not only a tremendous incentive to do well in the competition; it is an amazing learning opportunity for the pianists with the skills and confidence to make it to the final round.”

“The Canton Symphony is very much looking forward to our collaboration with the Cleveland International Piano Competition for the Young Artists Competition,” stated Gerhardt Zimmermann, Music Director of the Canton Symphony Orchestra. “It is always a joy to work with upcoming young artists, those musicians who will be the bright stars of the next generation.”

CIPC Young Artists is an international competition for pianists ages 12 through 18. The event will be held May 13-22, 2015 at Baldwin Wallace University in Berea, Ohio, with the final round taking place in Gartner Auditorium at the Cleveland Museum of Art on Friday, May 22, 2015. Contestants will participate in two age groups: Juniors (age 12 to 15) and Seniors (age 16 to 18).

Participants in each age group will be required to perform three solo rounds and one final round with the Canton Symphony Orchestra. The final round will take place before a live audience and an international jury. All participants will perform two rounds prior to the first jury vote. This will result in six performers from each group to advance to the semi-final round where the field will be narrowed down to the final four representing the best two of each age group.

About the CIPC

The Cleveland International Piano Competition, recognized worldwide as one of the most respected and high profile roads to a professional career in classical music, will soon celebrate its 40th anniversary. In these 40 years, it has grown from a competition organized by volunteers into a multi-faceted, professionally managed organization that presents four major programming components: The Cleveland International Piano Competition; The CIPC Young Artists Competition; CIPC ArtsConnect; and the CIPC Concert Series.

About the Canton Symphony Orchestra

Founded in 1937, the Canton Symphony Orchestra is a fully professional ensemble and organization dedicated to performing concerts that enrich, educate and entertain. Under the direction of Gerhardt Zimmermann, the orchestra performs classical, pops, holiday, and educational programs.