Cleveland Piano Competition Names Finalists

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The Cleveland International Piano Competition has named the four musicians who will compete for the $50,000 Mixon First Prize this weekend.

Tonight, starting at 8 p.m., 26-year-old Spencer Myer of the United States and 27-year-old Sergey Kuznetsov of Russia will perform with the Cleveland Orchestra and conductor Jahja Ling. Chu-Fang Huang, 23, of China, and Stanislav Khristenko, 21, of Russia will perform tomorrow night.

The winner will be announced after the final performance tomorrow night. All four finalists will perform at the awards ceremony on August 7 at 2 p.m. In addition to the cash prize, the largest of any piano competition, the winner will receive opportunities to perform, including a Lincoln Center recital; career management; and a recording on the Naxos label.

Myer studied at Oberlin and Juilliard and is currently getting his doctorate at Stony Brook University; he has previously won the UNISA Piano Competition in South Africa and received top prizes at the Montreal and New Orleans competitions.

Kuznetsov studied at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow; his previous honors include first prize at the Calabria Piano Competition. Huang, a student at Juilliard, was recently a finalist at the Van Cliburn Competition. Khristenko studied at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory, and has won the Dimitrios Vikelas Competition in Greece and the International Competition for Young Pianists in Kosice, Slovak Republic.

The competition was founded in 1975 and is held biennially. Previous prizewinners include Angela Hewitt, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, and Michael Boriskin.

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