Maltz Performing Arts Center exterior at night

Maltz Performing Arts Center to host two international piano competition concerts

Some of the top international pianists will perform on campus next weekend as part of the 2016 Cleveland International Piano Competition (CIPC) and Festival, held July 27–Aug. 7 in venues across the city.

The competition will welcome more than 30 of the world’s best pianists vying for the top prize: $50,000, a Carnegie Hall debut, a recording on the Steinway & Sons label and the launch of a U.S. concert career.

As part of the competition, two concerts will be held at the Milton and Tamar Maltz Performing Arts Center at the Temple – Tifereth Israel. First, the Anderson and Roe Piano Duo will perform Saturday, July 30, at 8 p.m. Then, Sunday, July 31, jazz pianist Dan Tepfer will perform at 8 p.m.

Tickets are available online for the Anderson and Roe Piano Duo and Dan Tepfer performances for $35. Student tickets will be available for $5 at the box office the day of the concerts.

In addition, Case Western Reserve University will provide housing for the contestants in the Village at 115, as it has for past iterations of the competition.

Living at Case Western Reserve has “worked so beautifully because, especially for European contestants, they love the idea of being able to walk everywhere,” Pierre van der Westhuizen, president and CEO of CIPC, said.

In 2013, CIPC and CWRU partnered to bring the “Play Me, I’m Yours” exhibition to University Circle, in which 21 working pianos were decorated and placed around the neighborhood for individuals to play.

In 2018, Case Western Reserve will be home to the second-ever CIPC Young Artists Competition, a 12-day youth piano competition that will be based primarily at the Maltz Performing Arts Center.

“We’re thrilled to be partnering with Case Western Reserve University and the Maltz Performing Arts Center on this. I’ve been really honored,” van der Westhuizen said. “It’s such a great working relationship.”

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