Events (UPCOMING/PAST) - Past

Steinway Hall
New York City, New York
Friday, 7 August 2020 - 7:00 PM
Presenter: Virtualoso - The Cleveland International Piano Competition
Franck: Prelude, Chorale and Fugue for Piano, M 21
Artist: Michael Davidman (Piano)
Rachmaninov: Rachmaninoff: Piano Sonata No. 2, Op. 36 (1931)
Artist: Michael Davidman (Piano)
How to view all 30 performances:

All of the performers will be on the homepage of the Piano Cleveland Web site at the More Info link above.

So, click on the "More Info" button above to go to pianocleveland.org and see all the performances starting on Thursday, July 30th through August 4th, and the 6 finalists on August 7th and 8th.

About 5 minutes before each broadcast, our current homepage will turn into the broadcast page.We will also re-air each session two more times the next day at 7am EDT and 2pm EDT, so our friends in Beijing and London can enjoy the performances in their time zone. Then we will be sure to archive all broadcasts and individual performances on our YouTube page.

MORE INFORMATION:

As many of you know, the COVID-19 pandemic forced all live musical performances to be cancelled for the foreseeable future. While this meant that we had to postpone our beloved Cleveland International Piano Competition to 2021, we wanted to create an event this summer that would allow young pianists the opportunity to perform, win prizes AND provide incredible musical experiences for our global audience.

As a result, we came up with Virtu(al)oso, an online global piano competition that does not require long-distance travel for our contestants, but still celebrates the incredible artistry of these young musicians.

Our tagline, “a global competition for artist relief,” comes from our commitment to supporting artists during these challenging times. To signify this commitment, we have intentionally distributed prize money for Virtu(al)oso more equally than in traditional competitions. This structure allows us to provide financial relief to all participants, many of whom have likely lost months of income due to cancelled performances.

And, for the first time in any piano competition, we are encouraging our audience members (who are able) to provide additional financial support for our contestants. Audience members will be able to donate to our Contestant Fund to support all contestant prizes or may choose to donate directly towards the prize of a specific performer.

Like the Cleveland International Piano Competition, Virtu(al)oso will present young musicians of the highest artistic caliber. Our esteemed screening jury selected these 30 pianists from an impressive 158 applicants, a rigorous process that guarantees the incredible level of the competition.

Again similar to CIPC, our contestants are from all over the world – 18 countries total. How did we do that during the pandemic, you may ask? Well, we are very grateful to be partnering artistically with Steinway & Sons, who have been longtime supporters of Piano Cleveland. Steinway has graciously provided pianos and spaces in Cleveland, New York, London, Hamburg, and Beijing for our chosen contestants to pre-record their competition performances. As a result, our contestants do not have to risk traveling significant distances to participate.
You will be able to watch all of their First Round performances from July 30 – August 4 at 7pm EDT right here on our Pianocleveland Web site or on our Facebook page or on Instagram.

The Final Round of six pianists will be broadcast on August 7 and 8 at 7pm EDT.

You can donate to your favorite contestant through their contestant page, or by clicking their name on our donate page here.

In addition to supporting our contestants financially, you will be able to send well-wishes or congratulations to contestants right from the streaming page on our website. Plus, you can vote for your favorite finalists to win the Audience Prize. Voting will be available on our website during the Final Round on August 7 and 8.

Have more questions? Feel free to email info@pianocleveland.org and we would be happy to get back to you.



Presenter: Virtualoso - The Cleveland International Piano Competition
Bach: Prelude and Fugue no 3 in C sharp major, BWV 848
Artist: Michael Davidman (Piano)
Chopin: Sonata for Piano no 3 in B minor, B 155/Op. 58
Artist: Michael Davidman (Piano)
Granados: Goyescas for Piano, Op. 11
Artist: Michael Davidman (Piano)
Online
New York City, New York
Sunday, 24 May 2020 - 3:30 PM

Five 2021 American Pianists Awards finalists are joined live by past winners of the competition for conversation and short performances from their home piano benches.

Sundays at 3:30 PM EDT

April 26: Dominic Cheli, Pianist and Dan Tepfer
May 10: Kenny Broberg with Jonathan Shames
May 17: Mackenzie Melemed with Spencer Myer
May 24: Michael Davidman with Sara Davis Buechner
May 31: Sam Hong with Frederic Chiu

ABOUT

The American Pianists Awards are held every four years to discover the best aspiring young American classical pianists. The unique and innovative competitions span 13 months and provide a platform to deeply engage musical artists in a variety of creative formats and settings. The competition takes place in three parts: Preliminary Round, Premiere Series and Discovery Week. The culmination of the American Pianists Awards, Discovery Week brings all five finalists together for adjudicated performances across multiple genres. The variety of events replicates nearly every kind of performance situation a professional pianist will encounter. The winner of the American Pianists Awards receives the Christel DeHaan Classical Fellowship, cash and two-years of career advancement, including serving as Artist-in-Residence at the University of Indianapolis, all valued at over $100,000, making this one of the most coveted prizes in the music world.

Presenter: American Pianists Association
Program TBA
Artist: Michael Davidman (Piano)
Quick Center for the Arts
Fairfield, Connecticut
Sunday, 3 May 2020 - 2:00 PM
In collaboration with the New York International Piano Competition and the Stecher and Horowitz Foundation, the Quick Center for the Arts is pleased to bring gifted young pianists in recital three times each year. Whether a classical music lover, teacher, piano student or a family with youngsters, you will find these concerts offer the perfect opportunity to experience some of the finest young artists in the country – for FREE!

Fairfield University, Fairfield, CT
Quick Center for the Arts/Wien Theater
1073 North Benson Road, Fairfield, CT
Reservations required, please call 203-254-4000
Presenter: Stecher & Horowitz Foundation
Program TBA
Artist: Michael Davidman (Piano)
The Juilliard School: Paul Hall
New York City, New York
Tuesday, 31 March 2020 - 7:00 PM
Competitors by nomination only.
Open to the public - No admission - free
Presenter: Juilliard School
Program TBA
Artist: Michael Davidman (Piano)
The Juilliard School: Morse Hall
New York City, New York
Thursday, 19 March 2020 - 7:00 PM
Rachmaninov: Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op. 43
Artist: Michael Davidman (Piano)
Ensemble: Juilliard Orchestra
Conductor: Elon Chan
Home of Susan & Avery Fisher
New York City, New York
Wednesday, 22 January 2020 - 7:00 PM
It is with great honor and pleasure that we welcome the members of iPalpati Artists International and invited guests into our home. These special events are significant in that they represent chosen young musicians who exemplify the caliber of gifted artists from around the world and are supported financially and artistically by iPalpati. Bravo!
- Susan and Charles Avery Fisher
Presenter: iPalpiti Artists International
Granados: Goyescas for Piano, Op. 11
Artist: Michael Davidman (Piano)
Amirov: Mugham Poem
Ensemble: Azer Damirov, violin; Michael Davidman, piano
Saint-Saëns: Introduction and Rondo capriccioso in A minor, Op. 28
Ensemble: Samuel Nebyu, violin; Michael Davidman, piano
An afternoon of thrilling opera arias and brilliant piano works with nineteen year old vocal phenomenon Charles Buttigieg, baritone from Malta and returning virtuoso pianist Michael Davidman share an afternoon of musical delights.

TICKETS $75

Michael started piano at age five in Greenwich House Music School ,then from 2005-2015 piano performance with Efrem Briskin at Manhattan School of Music precollege and conducting in the college division from 2013-2015. He completed his Bachelor’s degree with Robert McDonald at The Curtis Institute of Music and in the fall of 2019, Michael began his Master of Music degree studies at The Juilliard School under the guidance of Jerome Lowenthal and Stephen Hough.


Michael completed the four-year scholarship program with The Chopin Foundation of the United States, awarded Gina Bachauer and Theodora J. Nichols Piano Scholarships from Juilliard and from The Manhattan School of Music: The Constance Keene Piano Award, Rosetta Goodkind Scholarship, and The Dianne Danese Flagello Scholarship.


As soloist, he has performed with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Symphonicity, Monterey Symphony, Millikin-Decatur Symphony, West Point Orchestra, Ithaca College Orchestra, Manhattan School of Music Philharmonic Orchestra, Summit Music Festival Orchestra, Yonkers Philharmonic Orchestra, New York Concerti Sinfonietta, and the Doctor’s Orchestra of NY amongst others.


He has appeared on Philadelphia WHYY "On Stage at Curtis", NPR’s “From the Top” and has been a frequent performer on New York WQXR’s “Young Artist Showcase” with host Robert Sherman. Michael has performed at Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, Kimmel Center, Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, Sandler Center, Field Concert Hall, The Music Shed, Hahn Hall, Symphony Space, Merkin Hall, DiMenna Center, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Steinway Hall, Bechstein Hall and recitals in Italy, Spain, and Russia.


An opera enthusiast, Michael has accompanied opera singers since early childhood during opera night at a local New York City restaurant and enjoys sharing historical opera recordings on his YouTube channel with many subscribers.


Charles Buttigieg, 20 year old baritone from Gozo, Malta started singing at an early age and joined the Chorus Urbanus under the direction of John Galea in 2011. He has been studying Voice since then with Juliette Bisazza from Te Royal College of Music, London. Charles has attended the Mediterranean Opera Studio & Festival in Caltagirone where he was chosen by Jack Li Vigni to perform La bohème in Teatro Eschillo, Gela and in Agrigento. Currently, Charles is studying at the famed The Curtis Institute of Music with Patricia McCaffrey. Charles recently was featured at a private fundraising concert in New York City, with Metropolitan chair Ann Ziff, Renee Fleming and Dolora Zajick. At Curtis he has performed the roles of Masetto in Don Giovanni, Mr. Fogg in Sweeney Todd and Spirit in Dido and Aeneas.
Mozart: "Deh, vieni alla finestra" from Don Giovanni, K. 527
Ensemble: Charles Buttigieg, Baritone; Michael Davidman, piano
Donizetti: La Favorita, Vien Leonora...De nemici tuoi
Ensemble: Charles Buttigieg, Baritone; Michael Davidman, piano
Gounod: Avant de quitter ce lieux
Ensemble: Charles Buttigieg, Baritone; Michael Davidman, piano
Rossini: Barbiere: Largo al factotum
Ensemble: Charles Buttigieg, Baritone; Michael Davidman, piano
Franck: Prelude, Chorale and Fugue for Piano, M 21
Artist: Michael Davidman (Piano)
Granados: Goyescas: Los Requiebros
Artist: Michael Davidman (Piano)
Verdi: La Traviata: Di Provenza il mar
Ensemble: Charles Buttigieg, Baritone; Michael Davidman, piano
Cardillo: Core 'ngrato
Ensemble: Charles Buttigieg, Baritone; Michael Davidman, piano
De Curtis: Non ti scordar di me
Ensemble: Charles Buttigieg, Baritone; Michael Davidman, piano
Gershwin: Gershwin: Wild-Gershwin Virtuoso Etude No. 6, "I Got Rhythm", arranged for piano by Earl Wild
Artist: Michael Davidman (Piano)
Dobbs Ferry Library
Dobbs Ferry, New York
Sunday, 22 December 2019 - 4:00 PM
Presenter: The International Academy of Music
Godowsky: Symphonic metamorphosis of Johann Strauss's "Wein, Weib und Gesang" Waltzes
Artist: Michael Davidman (Piano)
Puccini: “Visse d’arte” from Tosca; transcription by Michael Davidman
Artist: Michael Davidman (Piano)
Greenwich House
New York City, New York
Tuesday, 17 December 2019 - 7:30 PM
Presenter: Steven Palitz
Godowsky: Symphonic metamorphosis of Johann Strauss's "Wein, Weib und Gesang" Waltzes
Artist: Michael Davidman (Piano)
Granados: Los Requiebros, from Goyescas, Op. 11
Artist: Michael Davidman (Piano)
Puccini: “Visse d’arte” from Tosca; transcription by Michael Davidman
Artist: Michael Davidman (Piano)
TEMPLE EMANU-EL
New York City, New York
Sunday, 15 December 2019 - 3:00 PM
One East 65th Street
New York, NY 10065
(212) 744-1400

Admission to each concert is free and open to the public.
Presenter: Stecher & Horowitz Foundation
Haydn: Sonata for Keyboard no 33 in C minor, H 16 no 20
Artist: Michael Davidman (Piano)
Schumann: Carnaval, Op. 9
Artist: Michael Davidman (Piano)
Granados: Goyescas for Piano, Op. 11
Artist: Michael Davidman (Piano)
Franck: Prelude, Chorale and Fugue for Piano, M 21
Artist: Michael Davidman (Piano)
Godowsky: Symphonic metamorphosis of Johann Strauss's "Wein, Weib und Gesang" Waltzes
Artist: Michael Davidman (Piano)
The Juilliard School: Morse Hall
New York City, New York
Sunday, 8 December 2019 - 7:30 PM
Free; no tickets required
Presenter: Juilliard School
Chausson: Quartet for Piano, Violin, Viola and Cello in A major, Op. 30
Artist: Michael Davidman (Piano)
Ensemble: Michael Davidman, piano; Ensemble TBD
The Juilliard School: Morse Hall
New York City, New York
Sunday, 1 December 2019 - 5:00 PM
Presenter: Juilliard School
Brahms: Sonata for Cello and Piano no 2 in F major, Op. 99
Artist: Michael Davidman (Piano)
Ensemble: Samuel DeCaprio, cello; Michael Davidman, piano
Riverside Church
New York City, New York
Saturday, 2 November 2019 - 7:30 PM
Presenter: Ok-Ja Lim, Soprano
Program TBA
Artist: Michael Davidman (Piano)
The Juilliard School: Paul Hall
New York City, New York
Thursday, 19 September 2019 - 7:30 PM
The annual Juilliard Gina Bachauer International Piano Scholarship Competition is always shared by two winners; Bachelors and Masters degree candidates. Both pianists receive full scholarship, media coverage and a recital in Juilliard's Paul Hall which is recorded and aired later on WQXR, The McGraw Hill Young Artist Showcase with host Robert Sherman. The 2019 winners are pianists Michael Davidman (MM) and Jaeden Laramie Izik Dzurko (BM). They will perform solo pieces and also Ernesto Nazareth's Elegantíssima e Apanhei-te cavaquinho, transcription for two pianos by Radamés Gnattali.

Located in: Lincoln Center Theater
Address: 155 W 65th St, New York, NY 10023
Phone: (212) 769-7406

Free - no tickets required

Michael Davidman enters Juilliard’s master’s program this fall and will study with Jerome Lowenthal and Stephen Hough. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Curtis Institute of Music, where he studied with Robert McDonald, also a member of Juilliard’s faculty. As a soloist, Davidman has performed with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Symphonicity, Monterey Symphony, West Point Orchestra, Ithaca College Orchestra, Manhattan School of Music Philharmonic Orchestra, Summit Music Festival Orchestra, Yonkers Philharmonic Orchestra, New York Concerti Sinfonietta, and Doctor’s Orchestral Society of New York, among others. He completed his fourth and final year of the Chopin Foundation of the United States Scholarship program. Some of his performances have been featured on WHYY, WWFM, NPR, and WQXR, and he was selected to perform in the 2010 Lang Lang master class at Manhattan School of Music.



Born in Salmon Arm, British Columbia, Jaeden Laramie Izik-Dzurko was the grand award winner at the Federation of Canadian Music Festivals’ national competition. Most recently, he won third prize and the Peter Takács Classical Sonata award at the Hilton Head International Piano Competition. Now completing his bachelor’s degree at Juilliard, where he studies with Yoheved Kaplinsky, he has performed as a soloist with the Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra, Kamloops Symphony, Lions Gate Sinfonia, and Okanagan Symphony Orchestra. A passionate advocate for Canadian music, he has been recognized at several competitions for his insightful interpretations of Canadian compositions.
The concert will be broadcast on the McGraw Family Young Artists Showcase on WQXR at a later date.
Presenter: Juilliard School
Rachmaninoff: Piano Sonata No. 2, Op. 36 (1931); I. Allegro agitato
Artist: Michael Davidman (Piano)
Granados: Los Requiebros, from Goyescas, Op. 11
Artist: Michael Davidman (Piano)
Chopin: Etude Op.25, No. 11 "Winter Wind"
Artist: Michael Davidman (Piano)
Ellen Battell Stoeckel Estate: Music Shed
Norfolk, Connecticut
Saturday, 10 August 2019 - 8:00 PM
Concerto Night!
Saturday, August 10 • 8:00PM • Music Shed

VIVALDI
VIVALDI
BACH
VIVALDI
MOZART Concerto for Violin, Two Oboes, Bassoon, and Two Horns
Concerto for Two Cellos
Brandenburg Concerto No. 6
Concerto for Four Violins
Piano Concerto No. 12 in A Major, K 414
We close our Chamber Music Series by showcasing the Norfolk Faculty and Fellows with a program of concertos by Vivaldi, Bach, and Mozart. Join us for this celebratory program of virtuosic playing by Norfolk Fellows and Faculty alike.

William Purvis horn, Melvin Chen violin,
Ani Kavafian violin, Ole Akahoshi cello,
Gilbert Kalish piano, with Norfolk Festival Fellows

Concert Tickets: $60 – $20, $10 (Young Adults 19-35), and Kids Come Free! (under 19)
Presenter: Yale University School of Music
Vivaldi: Concerto for Violin, Two Oboes, Bassoon, and Two Horns
Artist: Michael Davidman (Piano)
Michael will play Harpsichord on this piece
Ellen Battell Stoeckel Estate: Music Shed
Norfolk, Connecticut
Saturday, 10 August 2019 - 10:30 AM
Presenters: Norfolk Chamber Music Festival; Yale University School of Music
Beethoven: Grosse Fuge for Piano 4 hands in B flat major, Op. 134
Artist: Michael Davidman (Piano)
Ensemble: Hilda Huang, piano; Michael Davidman, piano
Ellen Battell Stoeckel Estate: Music Shed
Norfolk, Connecticut
Thursday, 8 August 2019 - 7:30 PM
Presenters: Norfolk Chamber Music Festival; Yale University School of Music
Poulenc: Sextet for Piano, Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon and Horn, Op. 100
Artist: Michael Davidman (Piano)
Ensemble: Emma Resmini, flute; Sarrah Bushara, oboe; Ziqi Yue, clarinet; Andrew Sledge, bassoon; Michael Davidman, piano
Ellen Battell Stoeckel Estate: Music Shed
Norfolk, Connecticut
Wednesday, 7 August 2019 - 7:30 PM
August 7 | with David Shifrin clarinet
Poulenc: from Sextet for Winds and Piano
Mendelssohn: from String Quartet in D Major, Op 44, No. 1 (arranged for brass quintet)
Presenters: Norfolk Chamber Music Festival; Yale University School of Music
Poulenc: Sextet for Piano, Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon and Horn, Op. 100
Artist: Michael Davidman (Piano)
Ellen Battell Stoeckel Estate: Music Shed
Norfolk, Connecticut
Tuesday, 30 July 2019 - 7:30 PM
Beethoven: Trio for Piano and Strings no 4 in B flat major, Op. 11
Artist: Michael Davidman (Piano)
Ensemble: Haerim Oh, violin; Clare Bradford, cello; Michael Davidman, piano
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Chopin: Nocturne in D flat major, op. 27, no. 2
Chopin: Waltz for Piano in E flat major, B 62/Op. 18 "Grande valse brillante"
Chopin: Mazurka in F minor, op. 68, no. 4
Chopin: Mazurka in A minor
Chopin: Andante spianato et grand polonaise brillante, Op. 22
Liszt: Concerto for Piano no 1 in E flat major, S 124
Liszt: Mephisto Waltz no 1 for Piano, S 514 "Der Tanz in der Dorfschenke"
Liszt: Sonetto 104 del Petrarca
Liszt: Grand Bravura Fantasia on Paganini's "La Campanella", S 420
Liszt: Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2
Granados: Goyescas for Piano, Op. 11
Chopin: Mazurka in A minor, op. 67, no. 4
Puccini: Tosca: "Vissi d'Arte"
Mozart: Concerto for Piano no 21 in C major, K 467
Granados: Goyescas: Los Requiebros
Franck: Quintet for Piano and Strings in F minor, M 7
Haydn: Sonata for Keyboard no 33 in C minor, H 16 no 20
Bach: Prelude and Fugue no 3 in C sharp major, BWV 848
Rachmaninov: Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op. 43
Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue
Rachmaninov: Sonata for Piano no 2 in B flat minor, Op. 36
Granados: Goyescas for Piano, Op. 11
Chopin: Etude Op.25, No. 11 "Winter Wind"

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