Events (UPCOMING/PAST) - Tuesday, 4 August 2020

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 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.


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 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)
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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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