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by Mike Telin

CIPC-CMA-PianoIn addition to its move to The Cleveland Museum of Art, the 2013 edition of the Cleveland International Piano Competition will also include the first-ever CIPC Festival that runs concurrently with the Competition and adds a variety of activities to the excitement. The Festival willalso reach out to the community through “Play Me, I’m Yours,” an installation of more than 20 decorated “street pianos” located in the area surrounding CIPC’s two performance venues and beyond. The project is designed to engage the community, encourage the interaction of passersby, and create lasting friendships through the international language of music and creativity.

Play Me, I’m Yours” is the brain child of British artist Luke Jerram and was first commissioned by Fierce Earth in Birmingham, UK in 2008. With 15 pianos located across the city for three weeks, it was estimated that over 140,000 people played or listened to music from the pianos. Since then “Play Me, I’m Yours” has reached an estimated five million people worldwide. Each new city that commissions the artwork becomes part of this growing international legacy.

On his website, Jerram says “The idea for ‘Play Me, I’m Yours’ came from visiting my local launderette. I saw the same people there each weekend and yet no one talked to one another. Read the rest of this entry »

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by Daniel Hathaway

CIPC-ButterflyCiting a particularly strong set of applicants, the Cleveland International Piano Competition has invited two extra contestants to compete in the 2013 contest, which will begin at Gartner Auditorium of the Cleveland Museum of Art on July 30 and move to Severance Hall for the final round with The Cleveland Orchestra under Stefan Sanderling on August 9 & 10, with the award ceremony on August 11.

The thirty-two pianists come from seventeen different countries. The largest group is from China (6 contestants), followed by Russia (5) and the United States (4). Poland and Taiwan are represented by two contestants each, and the rest hail from Australia, Belarus, France, Georgia, Germany, Italy, Latvia, South Africa, South Korea, Switzerland, Ukraine and Vietnam.

Contestants’ ages run from 18 to 30 (the whole range of eligibility), with twelve between 18 and 25, eight between 26 and 27, and another dozen between 28 and 30. This year, men are in the ascendency (twenty-four to eight women). To view photos and learn more about the individual participants, visit CIPC’s contestants page. Read the rest of this entry »

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