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Top prize at Cleveland International Piano Competition rises to $75,000

By Zachary Lewis, The Plain Dealer
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on December 09, 2013 at 11:10 AM, updated December 09, 2013 at 3:17 PM

The already sweet top prize at the Cleveland International Piano Competition is now 50 percent sweeter.

Thanks to a gift from Mal and Barbara Mixon, the contest’s first prize now entails an award of $75,000, up from the previous $50,000. This makes Cleveland’s top prize one of the largest of its kind in the world.

“The CIPC attracts the highest caliber contestants, and is in the very top echelon of piano competitions worldwide,” said Mixon, a well-known Cleveland philanthropist and longtime supporter of the event, in a written statement.

“It is entirely appropriate that the first prize cash award reflects the winner’s level of skill as well as the international stature of this competition.”

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