The Curtis Institute of Music made out like a bandit at the Cleveland International Piano Competition. At least so far. Seven Curtis students or graduates are on the list of 34 contestants:
- Dmitri Levkovich from the Ukraine (pictured)
- Kuok-Wai Lia, China
- Yunqing Zhou, China
- Yekwon Sunwoo, Korea
- Pallavi Mahidhara, U.S. and India
- Kwan Yi, U.S. and Korea
- Eric Zuber, U.S.
Contestants were culled from 260 applicants, 130 of whom auditioned.
First prize is $50,000, a recital at Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall, a Naxos recording, professional management and worldwide engagements worth about $100,000.
Just getting to the final round grants contestants quite a nice plum. The four finalists perform concerti with the Cleveland Orchestra.
The competition runs July 28 to August 9 at the Cleveland Play House and Severance Hall.