The Cincinnati World Piano Competition (CWPC) Board of Directors and Artistic Director Awadagin Pratt announced today that the competition scheduled for 2016 is being postponed as the organization examines and explores ways to further build on recent successes. In lieu of next summer’s competition, the CWPC will present a special concert celebrating its 60th Anniversary on July 30 that will feature exciting piano concerto repertoire with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra (CSO). Details will be announced at a later date.


“The CWPC remains committed to celebrating excellence and bringing the best young performers from around the world to compete in Cincinnati,” said CWPC Board Chair Jack Rouse. “Most of the world's top piano competitions do not occur annually and that's one of the many issues we’re exploring.”


The CWPC also announced that the outreach program known as "Hammers, Strings & Keys" is also on hold during this period to allow for a top to bottom evaluation and exploration of all the organizations programs and operations.



Founded in 1956, the CWPC has undergone many changes, artistic, strategic, and otherwise in its 59-year history. One of the most pivotal of these changes occurred in 2013 when the CWPC joined forces with two of Cincinnati’s most revered cultural institutions: the CSO and the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM), where Mr. Pratt also serves on the faculty. The Competition occurs on CCM’s campus and three finalists are afforded the opportunity to perform with the CSO during the final round. Both CCM and the CSO also assist the CWPC with administrative resources.


“We’re looking forward to the 60th Anniversary celebration performance and focused on determining the best, most sustainable path forward for the Competition,” said Mr. Pratt. “Artistically, we’ve progressed tremendously these past three years and believe the CWPC is poised to be among the world’s elite competitions.”


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