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World Piano Competition Returns to CCM Village

For the second year in a row, the ever-popular World Piano Competition will be held at UC's CCM.

Date: 6/17/2014 12:00:00 AM
By: Kiley Brodeur
Phone: (513) 556-2675
Other Contact: Curt Whitacre
Other Contact Phone: (513) 556-2683
Photos By: David Rafie

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Marianna Prjevalskaya, 2013 World Piano Competition Winner at the piano
Marianna Prjevalskaya, 2013 World Piano Competition Winner

In partnership with CCM and the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, the World Piano Competition brings the world’s finest pianists to the Queen City June 23 – 28, 2014. All competition performances take place in CCM’s stunning Corbett Auditorium.

The competition features 24 pianists from seven countries with the first rounds beginning Monday, June 23. The competition continues throughout the week and concludes on Saturday, June 28. The final round of performances will feature the world-renowned CSO.

New to the competition this year, the first round requires competitors to choose from a selection of American repertoire. Each of the 24 competitors will perform at least nine minutes of American rep from composers such as John Corigliano, Aaron Jay Kernis and David Rakowski.
  • The first rounds, June 23 and 24, will determine the six semifinalists.
  • The semifinalists rounds, June 25 and 26, will allow each of the six semifinalists to perform a 60-minute solo recital of their choosing.
  • Chosen finalists will rehearse with the CSO on June 27 in preparation for the final round of the competition on June 28.
Following the final round of performances, an awards ceremony will be held to announce the 2014 World Piano Competition winner.


The world’s best come to Cincinnati during the 2014 World Piano Competition, hosted by UC’s College-Conservatory of Music and featuring the world-renowned Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra.
Competition Jurors: Frederic Chiu, Hee Sung Joo, Yoshikazu Nagai, Ursula Oppens and Andrey Pisarev

9 a.m. - 9:10 p.m. Monday, June 23
9 a.m. - 9:10 p.m. Tuesday, June 24
World Piano Competition Opening Rounds
During the competition’s opening rounds, 24 pianists from seven countries will each perform for 36-40 minutes. New for 2014, the first round of the competition includes a requirement for contemporary American repertoire.
Location: Corbett Auditorium
Tickets: $30 all-access pass to first rounds & semifinals, $15 one-day pass, $11.25 group one-day pass, $10 student

7 p.m. Wednesday, June 25
7 p.m. Thursday, June 26
World Piano Competition Semifinal Rounds
Watch the world’s finest pianists as they take Cincinnati by storm to compete for prize money, recital appearances and a New York debut recital.
Location: Corbett Auditorium
Tickets: $30 all-access pass to first rounds & semifinals, $15 one-day pass, $11.25 group one-day pass, $10 student

7 p.m. Saturday, June 28
World Piano Competition Finalists Concert
Featuring the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra

The World Piano Competition’s 2014 finalists take the stage with the internationally acclaimed Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra for one night only. Last year’s Competition Finals Concert sold out in record time, so don’t miss your opportunity to experience the concert event of the summer.
Location: Corbett Auditorium
Tickets: Starting at $35

Tickets for first rounds, semifinal rounds and finals can be purchased through the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra website at or by calling the CSO box office at 513-381-3300.


Please visit for further details on the 2014 World Piano Competition.