CLEVELAND — Eight international musicians are competing in the 2021 Cleveland International Piano Competition.

What You Need To Know

  • The competition is from July 7th - Aug. 7th in Cleveland

  • Started virtually but the competition now is in person

  • The winner receives a cash prize along with other incentives

The competition has been going on for the last month with two rounds of virtual competitions.

Now, only eight of the 26 competitors remain. 

There will be watch parties over the next week of the competition or you can stream it online at

This competition is recognized across the world and attracts contestants from countries like Croatia, South Korea and others.

“This competition is so special, even more than others, because it gives you freedom to play whatever you want actually, as a semi-finalist we are free,” said contestant Lovre Marušić from Croatia. 

You'll hear a mix of classical music and some more modern music like what Byeol Kim from South Korea has in store, 'Bohemian Rhapsody.'

“My semi-final repertoire is not very normal," Kim said laughing. "I’m trying to bring a variety. So I just wish I can share my insights in the semi-final, if I can do that I’ll be more than happy.”

The winner will be chosen on Aug. 7th and will receive $75,000, a contract ​with a talent manager and make their debut at a recital in New York.