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by Mike Telin

CHO-JinjooCleveland based violinist Jinjoo Cho has been named one of six contestants to be advanced to the final round of the 9th Quadrennial International Violin Competition of Indianapolis.

Cho, who is currently in her second year of Professional Studies at the Cleveland Institute of Music, will perform Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 5 in A major, K. 219, on Wednesday, September 17, with the East Coast Chamber Orchestra. On Friday, September 19, she will perform Korngold’s Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 35 with the Indianapolis Symphony. Both performances are under the direction of Joel Smirnoff.

Final rounds begin at 8:00 pm eastern time. Click here for live broadcast information. Click here for live streaming.


by Daniel Hathaway

Quire-St-Peters-Elaine-SiegelQuire Cleveland will begin its 2014-2015 season under its founder and artistic director Ross W. Duffin with three performances of “The Flower of Flanders: Masterpieces of Renaissance Polyphony.” The concerts, which will concentrate on Franco-Flemish composers of the fifteenth and sixteenth century including Josquin, DuFay, Lassus and Ockeghem, will take place on Friday, September 26 at 7:30 pm at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Cleveland Heights, on Saturday, September 27 at 7:30 pm at Mary Queen of Peace Church in Old Brooklyn, and on Sunday, September 28 at 4:00 pm at Historic St. Peter’s Church in downtown Cleveland. Read the rest of this entry »

by Daniel Hathaway

AFatLECApollo’s Fire will present seven local subscription programs totaling thirty concerts during its 23rd season in 2014-2015. Additionally, Cleveland’s baroque orchestra will make its debut at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art in December and at London’s BBC Proms next August, undertake a national tour of Monteverdi’s 1610 Vespers in November, and appear on the Pittsburgh Renaissance & Baroque Society series in April.

The subscription concerts, to be presented in several venues, will begin with “Orchestral Fireworks,” the first of two celebrations of Johann Sebastian Bach’s 330th birthday. The programs will include works new to Apollo’s Fire’s repertory: the double harpsichord concerto in c (featuring artistic director Jeannette Sorrell and Joe Gascho), the Violin Concerto in E (featuring Olivier Brault) and the second orchestral suite (featuring flutist Kathie Stewart). The four concerts will run from October 9-12. Read the rest of this entry »

L-R: Sae Yoon Chon, Zitong Wang, Tony Yike Yang

L-R: Finalists Sae Yoon Chon, Zitong Wang and Tony Yike Yang

Oberlin – July 24. Late on Wednesday evening from the stage of Oberlin Conservatory’s Warner Concert Hall, WCLV’s Robert Conrad announced the judges’ choice of the top six prizes in the Oberlin Cooper Piano Competition. The decisions followed yesterday’s recital round.

Sixth prize winner is Min Jun Lee (15, Seoul, South Korea). Fifth place winner and audience prize winner is Evren Ozel (15, Minneapolis, Minnesota). Fourth place winner is Gyu Tae Ha (17, Uijeonbu, South Korea). Each contestant wins a cash prize of $1,000. Ozel takes home an additional $500.

The finalists, who will play concertos with Jahja Ling and The Cleveland Orchestra in Severance Hall on Friday evening, July 25 at 8:00 pm are:

Sae Yoon Chon (18, Seoul, South Korea). Beethoven’s Concerto No. 5 in E-flat Major, Op. 73. Zitong Wang (15, Inner Mongolia, China). Prokofiev’s Concerto No. 3 in C Major, Op. 26. Tony Yike Yang (15, Toronto, Canada. Tchaikovsky’s Concerto No. 1 in B-flat Minor, Op. 23.

Friday evening’s concert will be broadcast live on WCLV, 104.9 FM and audio streamed on Following the performance, the winners of the first ($10,000), second ($6,000) and third ($3,000) prizes will be announced.

Oberlin-Cooper-2014-LogoOberlin – July 23. Following the concerto round last evening, the judges announced the six finalists in the 2014 Cooper International Competition who will advance to the Recital Round on Wednesday evening, July 23 at 7:00 pm in Warner Concert Hall at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. Following the program, the judges will announce the three contestants who will play concertos with Jahja Ling and The Cleveland Orchestra on Friday evening at Severance Hall. The performance will be carried live on WCLV, 104.9 FM and, and a video stream will be available here.

Here is the Recital Finals program for Wednesday evening (performance order to be announced):

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GEORGE-Brandon-PatrickLorain County Community College will present six concerts in its 2014-2015 Signature Series at the studio theatre in the Stocker Center in Elyria. The concerts, curated by Jeffrey Mumford, are free.

October 13 – Jake & Sarah, saxophone duo (State University of New York at Fredonia).
November 25 – duo parnas, violinist Madalyn Parnas and cellist Cicely Parnas.
March 2 – Nicholas Underhill, piano.
April 2 – Deborah Norin-Kuehn, soprano (Heidelberg University).
April 27 – Brandon Patrick George (above), flute.
March 5 – Shelly Du, harp.

Severance-Hall-Summer“Summers @ Severance,” a new series on Friday evenings in August, will feature The Cleveland Orchestra in three performances at Severance Hall.

The Front Terrace of Severance Hall will be open before and after each 7:00 pm concert, with beverage service and seating areas available. “Happy hour” drink prices will be in force during the hour before the performances.

On Friday, August 1, Johannes Debus will conduct the Orchestra in Ravel’s Pavane for a Dead Princess and the Piano Concerto in G with Benjamin Grosvenor as soloist. The program will conclude with Rachmanninoff’s Symphonic Dances.

Jahja Ling will lead an all-Beethoven concert on August 15, including the Overture to The Creatures of Prometheus, Symphony No. 4 and the Choral Fantasy with pianist Orion Weiss and the Blossom Festival Chorus. The performance is an official cultural event of the 2014 Gay Games being hosted in Cleveland from August 9-16.

Franz Welser-Möst will close out the mini-series with a concert of music by Jörg Widmann (Lied and Flûte en suite with Joshua Smith) and Brahms (Symphony No. 1) on August 29, a performance in which the Orchestra is partnering with local colleges and universities to mark the kick-off to the fall semester.

TMA_sealTwo Oberlin Conservatory students won top prizes in the 59th Tuesday Musical Association Scholarship Competition Winners Recital on May 18 at Fairlawn United Church of Christ in Akron. In first place was junior violin performance major William Overcash, a student of David Bowlin, who will receive $2,000. Second place winner Silei Gie, a sophomore who studies piano with Peter Takács, will receive $1,000.

One hundred thirty-five students from twenty-one Ohio colleges and universities participated in the Association’s 59th scholarship Competition on March 22 in seven categories: brass, music education, organ, piano, strings, vocal and woodwinds. All first and second place scholarship winners participated in the Winners Recital last Sunday. Read the rest of this entry »

Photo by Gary Adams

Photo by Gary Adams

For its third season, Franklin and Diana Cohen’s ChamberFest Cleveland will expand to ten concerts, to be presented from June 19 through June 29 at several venues. The festival includes a family concert and a world premiere collaboration with GroundWorks DanceTheater.

The roster of artists includes violinists Noah Bendix-Balgley, Yehonatan Berick, David Bowlin, Jinjoo Cho, Diana Cohen, Yura Lee and Amy Schwartz Moretti; violists Yehonatan Berick, Yu Jin, Yura Lee and Dimitri Murrath; cellists Julie Albers, Gabriel Cabezas and Robert deMaine; bassist Nathan Farrington; pianists Roman Rabinovich and Orion Weiss; clarinetist Franklin Cohen; oboists Alex Klein and Xiomara Mass; bassoonist Fernando Traba; harpsichordist Carolyn Warner; percussionists Scott Christian, Alexander Cohen and Luke Rinderknecht; and pipa and ruan player Min Xiao-Fen. The Festival Speaker will be composer, performer, writer and educator Patrick Castillo.

The schedule follows (performer details yet to be announced): Read the rest of this entry »


Before the Takács Quartet’s performance on April 13, Oberlin Conservatory Dean Andrea Kalyn announced dates for the forthcoming 136th Artist Recital Series. All performances will take place in Finney Chapel. Tickets will go on sale in the summer.

Tuesday, September 30 – The Calder Quartet
Tuesday, February 10 – Garrick Ohlsson, piano
Friday, February 20 – St. Lawrence Quartet
Saturday, February 28 – Bang on a Can All-Stars
Thursday, April 2 – John Relyea, bass-baritone
Sunday, April 12 – Jennifer Koh ’97, violin
Friday, April 24 – The Cleveland Orchestra, Susanna Mälkki, conducting, with Jeremy Denk ’90, piano

ClevelandClassical is pleased to announce that Chicago native Daniel Hautzinger has been named the 2014 Young Writers Fellow. The two-month summer fellowship is designed for young writers who wish to hone their skills and prepare for careers on the new frontiers of musical journalism.

Hautzinger is completing his sophomore year at Oberlin where he is a double degree student majoring in piano performance and history. “I am incredibly grateful for this opportunity,” he said. “As an aspiring music critic, I will gain great journalistic experience through this fellowship by writing reviews and previews and conducting interviews with artists.”

Additionally, Hautzinger will participate in daily editorial meetings and strategy sessions with editors Daniel Hathaway and Mike Telin, and will interact with artists, presenters and publicists in the music industry. He will also be provided the opportunity to learn about and assist with all matters associated with the daily operations and managing of the website. Read the rest of this entry »

Isserlis-LevinAt the performance by the Pavel Haas Quartet on April 8, the Cleveland Chamber Music Society announced the seven concerts to be presented during its 65th season. All performances will begin on Tuesdays at 7:30 pm at Plymouth Church in Shaker Heights.

September 23: Pianist Wu Han, violinist Philip Setzer & cellist David Finckel.

October 21: The Belcea Quartet

December 2: The Juilliard String Quartet

January 13: Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center (Benjamin Beilman & Ani Kavafian, violins, Paul Neubauer & Yura Lee, violins & David Finckel, cello)

February 24: The Jerusalem Quartet

March 10: Cellist Steven Isserlis & fortepianist Robert Levin (above)

April 21: Tenor Ian Bostridge & pianist Wenwen Duh

CLEVELAND, February 16

TCO@BlossomThe Cleveland Orchestra has announced the 2014 Blossom Music Festival season, a total of 18 concerts between July 3 and August 31, including 15 by The Cleveland Orchestra, two Blossom Festival Band concerts, and one concert by the Blossom Festival Orchestra. The complete schedule follows.

* Denotes fireworks following the concert, weather permitting
** Blossom Debut *** Cleveland Orchestra Debut

Thursday, July 3, 2014, at 8:00 p.m.*
Friday, July 4, 2014, at 8:00 p.m.*
Blossom Festival Band
Loras John Schissel, conductor

A Salute to America
Music by Bernstein, Gershwin, and John Philip Sousa, with Tchaikovky’s “1812” Overture and fireworks, weather permitting. Read the rest of this entry »

Kalyn-AndreaAndrea Kalyn has been named Dean of the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, an appointment formally approved by the Oberlin Board of Trustees on February 11.

Kayln has served as an associate dean since 2005 and interim dean since David H. Stull’s departure last July. She becomes the 13th permanent chief administrator in the conservatory’s 149-year history.

Born in Canada, Kalyn studied piano at Toronto’s Royal Conservatory, and earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Western Ontario and a PhD from the Eastman School of Music, all in musicology.

CIPC-ButterflyThe Cleveland International Piano Competition’s Young Artist Competition, begun in 2005 as a one-day contest, will expand in 2015 into something that much resembles CIPC itself. Approximately 25 students aged 12 to 15 and 16 to 18 (Junior and Senior divisions) will take up residence on the campus of Baldwin Wallace University from May 13-22, 2015 to compete in three solo rounds and a final round with the CIPC Orchestra. As in the case of CIPC itself, students in each age divisions will play two rounds before the initial jury vote. Six in each age group will advance to the Semi-Finals and two each to the Finals.

An institute will run alongside the competition including master classes, coaching, guest recitals and symposia.

The Jury includes Paul Schenly (chair, USA), Yoheved Kaplinsky (USA), Dorian Leljak (Serbia), Sean Schulze (USA/South Africa), Alexander Schimpf (Germany), Kyung Sook Lee (South Korea) and Lei Weng, China.

Further details are available on the CIPC Web site.

Transformer-StationBeginning this weekend, the Cleveland Museum of Art will present its first set of concerts at The Transformer Station in Ohio City. The concerts of “adventurous music” both composed and improvised, will feature remarkable contemporary artists in solo performances. All concerts are one hour long and are presented without intermission with an emphasis on intimacy and spontaneity. All tickets are $20.

The series begins on Saturday, October 5 at 7:30 pm with the rhythms of South Asia and Afghanistan as realized by tabla player Salar Nader, who plays regularly with Amjad Ali Khan and with the Kronos Quartet.

On Sunday, October 27 at 7:30 pm, violist Garth Knox will play early, contemporary and traditional music including works by Kurtag, Ligeti, Sciarrino, Rzewski, Knox and others with the assistance of Cleveland Orchestra bassist Scott Dixon. Read the rest of this entry »

CIPC-ButterflyCleveland — August 10

First Place: Stanislav Khristenko

Second Place: Arseny Tarasevich-Nikolaev

Third Place: François Dumont

Fourth Place: Jiayan Sun

CIPC-ButterflyCleveland — August 7

The following four contestants will play in the final rounds with The Cleveland Orchestra at Severance Hall.

Friday Night
Finalist 1: François Dumont (Tchaikovsky #1)
Finalist 2: Arseny Tarasevich-Nikolaev (Rachmaninoff #2)

Saturday Night:
Finalist 3: Jiayan Sun (Tchaikovsky #1)
Finalist 4: Stanislav Khristenko (Brahms #1)


CIPC-ButterflyCleveland — August 5

The following eight contestants will play in the semifinal rounds on Tuesday and Wednesday:

Tuesday at 1:00 pm and 7:00 pm

Ruoyu Huang
Jin Uk Kim
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Jiayan Sun
Arseny Tarasevich-Nikolaev

Wednesday at 1:00 pm and 7:00 pm

Annika Treutler
Oskar Jezior
•           •           •
Stanislav Khristenko
François Dumont

CIPC-ButterflyCleveland, OH, July 30 — Following a drawing for playing positions, the Cleveland International Piano Competition has announced the order in which competitors will play, beginning on Wednesday, July 31 at 1:00 pm in Gartner Auditorium of The Cleveland Museum of Art. There are twenty-eight pianists in the draw. More information about the contestants may be found here. ClevelandClassical will report after each round of the competition. A video stream will be available on the CIPC home page. Sessions will be broadcast live over WCLV, 104.9 FM and on Read the rest of this entry »

Oberlin-Cooper-Tie-2013-MastroianniCleveland, OH, July 27 — In a first for the four-year-old Oberlin Cooper Competition, following the final round with Jahja Ling and The Cleveland Orchestra last night at Severance Hall, the jury announced that Ching-Yi Wei and Kyumin Park, both of whom had played the Tchaikovsky concerto, would share first prize. Second prize went to Ming Liu, who played the second concerto of Prokofiev. Results were announced by Thomas and Evon Cooper, the competition’s benefactors, who awarded the prizes. The final round was broadcast live on WCLV, 104.9 FM and (Photo by Roger Mastroianni).

OberlinCooperLogoOberlin, OH, July 24 — The jury announced this evening the sixth, fifth, and fourth place winners, the recipient of the audience prize for the recital final and the three contestants who will play the final round with Jahja Ling and The Cleveland Orchestra in Severance Hall on Friday, July 26 at 8:00 pm. The concert will be broadcast live over WCLV, 104.9 FM and

6th place – Angela Wee
5th place – Jieming Tang
4th place- Gallia Kastner
Audience Prize: Ching-Yi Wei

Finalists who will play at Severance Hall (order to be announced):
Kyumin Park: Tchaikovsky concerto
Ming Liu: Prokofiev second concerto
Ching-Yi Wei: Tchaikovsky concerto

OberlinCooperLogoOberlin, OH, July 23 — The jury announced this evening that the following six contestants will play the recital round in Warner Concert Hall of the Oberlin Conservatory on Wednesday, July 24 at 7 pm. The session will be broadcast live over WCLV, 104.9 FM and streamed live (click here for the link).

Kyumin Park
Ming Liu
Gallia Kastner
Angela Wee
Jieming Tang
Ching-Yi Wei

OberlinCooperLogoThe following ten players will perform concertos with piano on Tuesday, July 23 in Warner Concert Hall at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. Both the 1:30 pm and 7:00 pm sessions will be streamed live (click here to access the feed).

1:30 pm — Kyumin Park: Tchaikovsky’s Concerto in D Major, Op. 35; Ashley Park: Brahms’s Concerto in D Major, Op. 77; Shuaishuai Lin: Tchaikovsky’s Concerto in D Major, Op. 35; Ming Liu: Prokofiev’s Concerto No. 2 in G Minor, Op. 63; Gallia Kastner: Brahms’s Concerto in D Major, Op. 77; Angela Wee: Sibelius’s Concerto in D Minor, Op. 47

7:00 pm — Jieming Tang: Mendelssohn’s Concerto in E Minor, Op. 64; William Ching-Yi Wei: Tchaikovsky’s Concerto in D Major, Op. 35; Naoko Tajimi: Dmitri Shostakovich’s Concerto No. 1 in A Minor, Op. 77; Ava Bahari: Sibelius’s Concerto in D Minor, Op. 47

ApassionataChristian Labhart’s film “Apassionata” tells the story of a Ukrainian-Swiss concert pianist who returns to her homeland to deliver a concert grand piano to her first music school, visits her parents and music teachers and hears ghostly refrains from the past. “Apassionata” will be shown at the Cleveland International Film Festival on April 8 at 2:10 pm, April 9 at 4 pm and April 10 at 8:40 pm in cooperation with the Cleveland International Piano Competition, whose members and friends will receive a $2 discount on tickets. (Purchase online and use the code PIANO).

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