Dinara wins third prize at Cleveland International Piano Competition

CMF Artist and pianist Dinara Klinton stormed in to third place at this weekend’s final of the Cleveland International Piano Competition after performing Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 with the Cleveland Orchestra, conducted by Bramwell Tovey, winning a cash prize of $15,000. You can see a picture of her performance below.

Cleveland International Piano Competition

In earlier rounds she performed Scarlatti’s Sonatas in F minor and G major, Chopin Etudes and Nocturnes and individual works by Taneyev, Rosenblatt and Beethoven.

Once through to the semi-finals, Klinton played Tchaikovsky’s Two Pieces, Prokofiev’s Sarcasms, and Liszt’s Transcendental Etudes – the latter she released earlier this year to huge success.


The Plain Dealer described Klinton’s finals performance as:

“Her performance Saturday of Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 was a truly personal interpretation, a reading seemingly guided less by tradition than by her own thinking. Where so many artists in Tchaikovsky’s first concerto hammer their listeners into submission, Klinton drew hers in with subtle persuasion as well as force.

Her performance had muscle and virtuosity in all the right places, and often to spare. Her finale, up to and through the last note, was dazzling.

But Klinton also made free use of the pedal, buffing out hard edges and replacing them with mist and glisten. The result? A rendition ironclad on the outside but soft and lyrical inside.”


Dinara celebrates her return to the UK where you can see her perform at St Lawrence Jewry on the 14th September!


See more press links here:

Slipped Disc
International Piano Magazine
Cleveland Classical

And you can read an interview with her ahead of the final HERE

You can watch Dinara’s final performance on Medici TV: http://www.medici.tv/#!/cleveland-international-piano-competition-day-2


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