Students and Alums Compete at the CIPC

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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. Continue reading

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Summer Festivals Are Underway!

From Aspen to Encore to Utrecht, CIM students and faculty are off, playing and teaching at festivals around the globe. For some, the term “summer festival” might conjure up images of canoe rides or bunking in log cabins, but for musicians, this is anything but. In these often summer-long programs, students spend their days in intensive coaching sessions, master classes and rehearsals and their nights performing in outdoor amphitheaters or in centuries-old music halls around Europe.

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Music and Nature In Perfect Harmony at the Holden Arboretum

Get your summer fix of the Cleveland Institute of Music on Tuesday nights at the Holden Arboretum. Kicking off on July 12 and running throughout the summer, the Holden Arboretum hosts summer concerts that frequently feature CIM students. The concert series, now in its seventh season, includes CIM student performers due to the generosity of Gay Cull Addicott, who believes that “the musical futures of CIM students will help ensure the future of classical music.”

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Alum Appointed Cleveland Orchestra Principal Viola

Cleveland Institute of Music alum Wesley Collins (BM ’07, Vernon) has been appointed principal violist of The Cleveland Orchestra. Collins succeeds his former teacher Robert Vernon, co-head of CIM’s Viola Department, who held the coveted position for 40 years. Collins will assume the new role in September at the start of The Orchestra’s 2016-17 season.

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Alum Creates Innovative Cello Strap

Cleveland Institute of Music alum Michael Block (BM ’04, Aaron) has engineered an innovative new strap for the cello that allows cellists to perform while standing. The officially named Block Strap started as an idea which manifested itself in multiple variations that utilized guitar straps, rope, tape and dishtowels. Now, with the kinks worked out, Block’s design is sold commercially with testimonials from Yo-Yo Ma, Natalie Haas and Boston Symphony cellist Alexandre Lecarme.

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CIM Welcomes Young Talent this Summer

The halls at the Cleveland Institute of Music  weren’t empty for long, as CIM’s Young Composers Program and Summer Sonata got underway this week. Both programs bring in top young musicians to study in weeklong intensives which culminate in recitals in Mixon Hall. “The Young Composers Program and Summer Sonata are excellent opportunities for aspiring young musicians to study with world class performers and teachers in a musically rich environment that nurtures creativity, communication, collaboration and craft,” says Marci Alegant, Director of Preparatory and Continuing Education at CIM. “We look forward to welcoming students and families to CIM this summer!”

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Alum and Faculty Member Makes Carnegie Debut

Cleveland Institute of Music alum and violin faculty member Jinjoo Cho (BM ’11, MM ’13, PS ’15 Kantor/Laredo) made her debut in Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium Thursday, June 9, a prize awarded to her for winning the gold medal in the 2014 International Violin Competition of Indianapolis (IVCI). Continue reading

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Paul W. Hogle Named President of the Cleveland Institute of Music

The Cleveland Institute of Music is pleased to announce that Paul W. Hogle has been named President effective July 11, 2016. The CIM Board of Trustees unanimously approved Mr. Hogle’s appointment during a regularly scheduled meeting held May 17, 2016. Mr. Hogle succeeds Gary Hanson, who is serving as CIM’s interim president following the retirement of Joel Smirnoff.

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Two alums among final contestants in 2016 CIPC

The 2016 Cleveland International Piano Competition (CIPC), to be held this July and August, has announced its 35 final contestants, which include new graduate Shen Lu (AD ’16, Paik) and recent alum Tomer Gewirtzman (MM ’15, Babayan). The CIPC will kick off its two-week-long competition with a performance from 2013 First Prize winner and alum Stanislav Khristenko (AD ’11, Babayan) who will perform solo works and Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue with CityMusic Cleveland.

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Watch CIM Commencement

Click here to watch the 2016 Commencement Ceremony.

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