On August 10, Russian Stanislav Khristenko was named the Grand Prize Winner of the 2013 Cleveland International Piano Competition. The distinguished jury selected Mr. Khristenko from a field of 28 candidates who performed over a ten-day period.
By the close of Friday and Saturday's final performances, the competition's jurors were faced with a difficult task, as all four finalists delivered exceptional performances of their respective concertos with The Cleveland Orchestra and Maestro Stefan Sanderling. While The Cleveland Plain Dealer's Zachary Lewis noted the outstanding musicality of all the finalists, he praised Mr. Khristenko's performance of Brahms's Piano Concerto No. 1 for its "shimmering filigree and phrases of exquisite tenderness, in which every note mattered."
In addition to a cash prize of $50,000 presented by Mr. and Mrs. A. Malachi Mixon III- one of the largest cash prizes of its kind- Mr. Khristenko receives more than 50 worldwide engagements, three years of management services, a recording by Steinway & Sons, New York, and a New York recital at Carnegie Hall's Zankel Hall on May 19, 2014.
Additional awards included:
Second Prize: Arseny Tarasevich-Nikolaev, Russia- award of $25,000 in honor of Karen Knowlton, presented with major support from Mr. and Mrs. Richard A. Manuel, with additional support from Mrs. Marvin A. Evenchik, and The Park Foundation.
Third Prize: François Dumont, France- Cash award of $15,000, presented by Mr. and Mrs. Richard A. Manuel.
Fourth Prize: Jiayan Sun, China- Cash award of $10,000, presented by Dr. and Mrs. Richard Kaufman.
Baroque Prize: Andrejs Osokins- $2,500 for the best performance of a Baroque composition, presented by Art of Beauty.
Beethoven Prize: Stanislav Khristenko- $2,000 for the best performance of a work by Beethoven, presented by the Evenchik family in memory of Barbara and Marvin Evenchik.
Cairns Family American Prize: Oskar Jezior- $1,500 for the best performance of an American work composed after 1944, presented by the Cairns Family Foundation.
Chopin Prize: $2,000 each to François Dumont and Ruoyu Huang for the best performances of a Chopin composition. One prize is presented by the William O. and Gertrude Lewis Frohring Foundation in memory of Gertrude Lewis Frohring. The additional prize is presented as a result of a jury tie by the Szilagyi family in honor of Elaine Frohring Szilagyi.
Contemporary Prize: Ben Schoeman- $2,500 for the best performance of a contemporary work, presented by Art of Beauty.
French Prize: François Dumont- $2,500 for the best performance of a composition by a French composer, presented by Maison Française de Cleveland.
Mozart Prize: Miao Huang- $1,500 for the best performance of a Mozart composition, presented by Dr. and Mrs. Richard Kaufman.
Russian Prize: Arseny Tarasevich-Nikolaev- $2,500 for the best performance of a composition by a Russian composer, presented by Dr. Boris Vinogradsky and Irina Vinogradsky, Esq.
Audience Prize: Jiayan Sun- $1,500 presented to the finalist voted Audience Favorite during the final round on August 9 and 10, presented by Shirley Dawson.
$2,000 to each of the four semi finalists who do not advance to the final round, presented by the William O. and Gertrude Lewis Frohring Foundation in memory of Gertrude Lewis Frohring.
$1,000 to each contestant who completes the first two rounds without advancing, presented with major support by:
The Frank H. and Nancy L. Porter Fund of the Cleveland Foundation
Peg and George Milbourn
Sarah-Theresa Y. Murakami, in memory of Grant Johannesen and Martha Joseph
Bonnie and Dieter Myers
Nancy W. McCann, in honor of Marie Strawbridge
Wayne Pearsall, in memory of Bernice Pearsall
Ninna and Gösta Pettersson
About Stanislav Khristenko:
29-year old Stanislav Khristenko's performances have captivated audiences on four continents since his first solo recital at the age of eleven. The Washington Post wrote “his pacing was mature and unhurried… his fingers exhibited power and sensitivity” and The Cleveland Plain Dealer described a “tour-de-force of technical, musical and stylistic mastery”. Mr. Khristenko has appeared as a soloist with the Cleveland Orchestra, Hong Kong Chamber Orchestra and Moscow Conservatory Orchestra among others. His solo highlights include recitals in Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall and performances with orchestra in Grosser Hall of Berlin Philharmonie, Severance Hall in Cleveland, and Moscow Conservatory Great Hall. He has won top prizes in Mexico, Italy, Spain, Japan, Korea, Greece, Slovakia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Russia and the United States.