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Six RCM pianists selected for Cleveland Piano Competition

Thursday 5 May 2016


Six outstanding Royal College of Music pianists have been invited to participate in the 2016 Cleveland International Piano Competition.

Current students Ilya Kondratiev, Luka Okros, Alexander Ullman, Samson Tsoy and recent graduates Dinara Klinton and Oxana Shevchenko are amongst just 35 contestants selected from more than 320 applicants.

The world-renowned Cleveland International Piano Competition (CIPC) is held every three years for artists ages 18 to 30. The First Prize winner takes home a prize of $50,000, a Carnegie Hall recital debut, a recording on the Steinway & Sons label, and the launch of a US concert career. All performances from the competition will be available to watch online.

The RCM’s Head of Keyboard Professor Vanessa Latarche comments ‘I am delighted that the RCM has six current and former students among the pianists selected for this prestigious piano competition.  I am incredibly proud of these gifted musicians and their talented professors, and wish them all the very best for July.’

Before travelling to the States for this summer’s competition, contestant Samson Tsoy will perform Stravinsky’s Capriccio with the RCM Symphony Orchestra at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall on Sunday 26 June. Tickets are available on the RCM website.