by Daniel Hathaway
Following the second Concerto Round on Saturday evening at Severance Hall with The Cleveland Orchestra, the jury announced the prizewinners in the 2021 Cleveland International Piano Competition. Being applauded by conductor Jahja Ling, they are, from left to right, Martín García García (24, Spain), First Prize, Lovre Marušić (28, Croatia) Second Prize, Yedam Kim (31, South Korea), Fourth Prize, and Byeol Kim (31, South Korea), Third Prize.
As Mixon First Prize winner, García García takes home a cash award of $75,000, as well as receiving a New York recital debut, Professional Management Services, and a recording by Steinway & Sons, New York. The Knowlton Second Prize comes with $25,000 in cash, the Third, and Fourth Prizes with awards of $15,000 and $10,000 respectively. Additionally, artist consulting services will be awarded to the First, Second, Third, and Fourth Prize winners, provided by Gold Sound Media.
García García won other honors as well as the gold — the Audience Prize, Chamber Prize, and Piano Duo Prize (with Rafael Skorka, who also won the Baroque Prize). Byeol Kim also claimed the Armchair Jury and Female Composer Prizes. Other special awards went to Ying Li (French and Mozart Prizes), Suah Ye (Russian Prize), Clayton Stephenson (American Prize), Stefano Andreatta (Beethoven Prize), Peter Klimo and Daria Parkhomenko (who shared the Contemporary Prize), and Arsenii Mun (Chopin Prize).
Photo by Roger Mastroianni.