Faculty Member Delivers “Jaw Dropping” Performance

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On Friday night, Cleveland Institute of Music faculty and Cleveland Orchestra principal cellist, Mark Kosower, with pianist Jee-Won Oh, presented an evening celebrating the music of Argentine composer Alberto Ginastera to great acclaim. In his review, Zachary Lewis from cleveland.com said “Kosower’s virtuosity was on almost relentless display. Time and again, one’s jaw dropped as the cellist, suavely bolstered by his partner, exploited his instrument in ways almost beyond belief, to stunning and haunting effect.” Continue reading

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From Brazil to Cleveland, CIM Student Builds Confidence Through Music

Cleveland Institute of Music student Felipe Brito (trombone, La Rosa) spends his Wednesday afternoons 10 miles down the road at Euclid High School where he teaches a group of teenagers in the school’s marching band. As Brito snaps his fingers along with a metronome, the brass students work through each of their parts, Brito leading the way. He’s a natural, having been teaching since 2006 in a similar community outreach program in his hometown of Itu, Brazil.

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Robert Vernon to Teach Students at CIM Exclusively

When Robert Vernon announced he was retiring from The Cleveland Orchestra after 40 years serving as principal viola, he made one thing clear: he would continue to teach. For the 2016-17 year, his first year not with The Orchestra, Vernon will maintain a teaching studio exclusively at CIM—remaining co-chair of the viola department. Vernon has had an exceptional track record of getting his students placed into the world’s top orchestras. His successor, taking over as principal viola in The Orchestra is Wesley Collins, who was once his student at CIM.

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Pierre van der Westhuizen, President of the CIPC, to Give Lecture at CIM

When acclaimed South African pianist Dr. Pierre van der Westhuizen took over as President of the Cleveland International Piano Competition (CIPC) in 2013, he spearheaded the successful turnaround of the competition; as it now stands as one of the top competitions for pianists in the world. This Thursday, September 15, at 12:30pm in Mixon Hall, Dr. van der Westhuizen will lead a lecture entitled, “Navigating the World of Competitions” open to the CIM community.

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Renowned Bass Trombonist Randall Hawes to Join CIM Faculty

This year, CIM will add Randall Hawes, renowned bass trombonist with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO), as a member of its distinguished faculty.

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The 2016-17 Concert Season is Here!

CIM is pleased to announce one of its most exciting concert seasons to date, featuring our world-class faculty, student performers, esteemed guest artists and The Boulez Legacy tribute concert series, which celebrates Pierre Boulez’s music and legacy in a city where he had one of his longest musical relationships. Get all the details of what’s in store in our 2016-17 Concert Guide.

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Guest Artists at CIM

Guest artists from around the globe visit CIM each year, from musicians and composers to instructors and conductors. These renowned artists host master classes, seminars and private lessons and impart valuable advice on everything from color and blending to finding the fun in Mozart.

The 2016-17 season brings artists and ensembles such as the Juilliard String Quartet, cellist Caroline Stinson, violist Phillip Ying and cellist David Ying of the Ying Quartet, pianist Jon Kimura Parker and conductor and CIM’s Distinguished Principal Guest artist, Jahja Ling. Continue reading

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CIM’s Distance Learning Department Wins Pinnacle Award

The Cleveland Institute of Music’s Distance Learning department has won the 2015-16 Pinnacle Award from the Center for Interactive Learning and Collaboration (CILC) for “remarkable quality of educational content and exceptional skill at program delivery.” The annual award is based on feedback from teachers who have used Distance Learning’s content in their classrooms or for their own personal development.

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Keep Up with CIM with #CIMSummer2016

We asked CIM faculty and students to tag posts of their summer travels with #CIMSummer2016 so we could see highlights along the way. So, where in the world were our students this summer? Take a look!

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Students and Alums Compete at the CIPC

The 2016 Cleveland International Piano Competition (CIPC) is underway! Be sure to follow CIM students and alums who are competing this year: alums Tomer Gewirtzman (MM ’15, Babayan) and Shen Lu (AD ’16, Paik), current student Sara Daneshpour (Babayan) and Ruoyu Huang (Babayan), who will be attending CIM in the fall. Round Two of the competition begins on Thursday, July 28. Watch all the performances online at clevelandpiano.org.

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