CLEVELAND—Nikita Mndoyants wins the 2016 Cleveland International Piano Competition. After a tight race over the course of nearly two weeks, the winner was announced at Severance Hall on August 6, 2016.
Nikita Mndoyants wins a cash award of $75,000 donated by Mr. and Mrs. A. Malachi Mixon; management services for the next three years; a New York Recital Debut at Weill Hall in Carnegie Hall to take place on June 7, 2017; and a compact disc recording on the Steinway & Sons label.
Knowlton Second Prize of $25,000 to Leonardo Colafelice, Italy
Presented by Karen Knowlton, with major support from Mr. and Mrs. Richard A. Manuel and Mrs. Marvin A. Evenchik, additional support from Clara T. Rankin.
Cash award of $15,000 to Dinara Klinton, Ukraine
Endowed by Mr. and Mrs. Richard A. Manuel.
Cash award of $10,000 to Georgy Tchaidze, Russia
Presented by Dr. and Mrs. Richard S. Kaufman.
Additional awards include:
Contribution (1,500 Euro), international publicity, support and practical assistance,
offered by the Alink-Argerich Foundation (AAF) for the realization of a next step in the Award winner’s career. The AAF Award will be awarded to one of the contestants who is not among the main prize winners of the competition, and so is awarded to Yuanfan Yang.
$1,500 presented to the Leonardo Colafelice voted Audience Favorite during the final round on August 5 and 6, presented by Shirley B. Dawson.
$2,500 to Nikita Mndoyants for the best performance of a Baroque composition,
presented by Art of Beauty/Michael and Zoya Reyzis.
$2,000 to Jong Hai Park for the best performance of a work by Beethoven, endowed by Barbara Evenchik in memory of Marvin Evenchik.
Cairns Family American Prize
$1,500 to Reed Tetzloff for the best performance of an American work composed after 1944, presented by The Cairns Family Foundation.
Chamber Music Prize
$5,000 for the best performance of a chamber music work during the final round, presented by George H.L. and Carol Arnold Porter, awarded to Nikita Mndoyants.
$4,000 to Jinhyung Park for the best performances of a Chopin composition.
One prize is presented by the William O. and Gertrude Lewis Frohring Foundation in memory of Gertrude Lewis Frohring. Additional support by Jane Szilagyi, in honor of her mother, Elaine Frohring Szylagyi.
$2,500 to Sara Daneshpour for the best performance of a contemporary work, presented by Art of Beauty/Michael and Zoya Reyzis.
$2,500 to Alexei Tartakovsky for the best performance of a composition by a French composer, presented by Maison Française de Cleveland.
Junior Jury Prize
$1,000 to the Leonardo Colafelice voted on by the Junior Jury, presented by the Dan and Linda Silverberg Philanthropic Funds.
$1,500 to Tomoki Sakata for the best performance of a Mozart composition, presented by Dr. and Mrs. Richard S. Kaufman.
$2,500 to Leonardo Colafelice for the best performance of a composition by a Russian composer, presented by Dr. Boris Vinogradsky and Irina Vinogradsky, Esq.
ABOUT NIKITA MNDOYANTS
27-year-old Nikita Mndoyants began to play piano and compose music at an early age. He has toured throughout China, Estonia, France, Germany, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Portugal, Russia, Spain, Switzerland, and the U.S. Mr. Mndoyants won first prize at the Paderewsky International Piano Competition in 2007 and was a finalist at the 2013 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. He has performed in several festivals, including the Chopin Festival in Duszniki-Zdroj (Poland) and the International Keyboard Institute and Festival in New York. He also has been artist in residence at the International Music Festival in Wissembourg (France) since 2012. Mr. Mndoyants has worked with renowned conductors including Leonard Slatkin, Eri Klas, Ignat Solzhenitsyn, Charles Ansbacher, and Alexander Sladkovsky. Giving his first chamber performance with the Borodin Quartet in 2004, he has continued to cultivate his passion for chamber music, working with such ensembles as the Brentano, Eben, Zemlinsky and Szymanowsky Quartets. As a composer, Mr. Mndoyants received first prize at the 2014 Myaskovsky International Competition of Composers. His piano and chamber works are made available by publishing houses Composers, Muzyka, and Jurgenson, and have been performed by Daniel Hope, Nicolas Stavy, the Szymanowski and Zemlinsky Quartets, Moscow State Symphony Orchestra, and others. He has released solo and chamber recordings on the Classical Records and Praga Digitals labels.
ABOUT THE CIPC
The Cleveland International Piano Competition is an organization dedicated to supporting the young artists who have made our musical heritage their life’s work. This is accomplished through four major programs and events, including the Cleveland International Piano Competition and Festival, the CIPC Young Artists Competition and Institute, the CIPC Concert Series, and ArtsConnect, a music-based community outreach program.
Within this framework, the organization presents two major international competitions: First is the Cleveland International Piano Competition for artists ages 18 to 30, which was founded in 1975. It attracts the best young piano talent from around the world to compete for top prizes; engages an audience of 10 to 15,000 over a period of 15 days; and culminates in two sold-out performances at Severance Hall that feature the four finalists performing with The Cleveland Orchestra. Second is CIPC Young Artists, for artists ages 12 to 18. A relatively new event, CIPC Young Artists is an international competition designed to provide a top-level competition and learning experience for very young pianists who have the talent and potential to engage in successful performance careers.
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