International Vocal and Piano Competition and Festival in the Cleveland Cultural Gardens

Russian Cultural Garden in collaboration with the Italian Cultural Garden, Cleveland Cultural Gardens Federation, and with the international partners from Russia, United Kingdom, and Greece welcomes young pianists and vocalists who took part in the second music competition The Stars of Summer in the Cultural Gardens of Cleveland.

The Gardens are dedicated to “peace through mutual understanding" and by presenting this event, they hope to promote international harmony.
CONGRATULATIONS TO THE WINNERS AND LAUREATES OF THE STARS OF SUMMER 2021 COMPETITION!

1ST PRIZE WINNERS
  • Teimur Kazimov Ramil Ogly - Azerbaijan, Vocal Classical, 103 pts. Invitations from judges: Joyce Mariani; Maria Ludko; Eugenia Terentieva. GRAND PRIX. Sponsor: Geauga West Rotary Club
  • Arina Mireille Petukhov - France/Canada, Vocal Cross: 103 pts. Invitations from judges: Joyce Mariani; Maria Ludko; Eugenia Terentieva.GRAND PRIX. Sponsor: Geauga West Rotary Club. Russian Garden's Special Prize for Rachmaninov's Spring Waters,
  • Leoni Lin - Germany, Piano Classical or modern piece,102.0 pts. Invitation from judges: Eugenia Terentieva, Ralitsa Georgieva-Smith
  • Kamilla Imanova - Azerbaijan, Vocal Classical, 100.3 pts. Invitations from judges: Joyce Mariani; Eugenia Terentieva
  • Ilya Ponti - Russia, Vocal Cross, Italian Garden's Special Prize, 99.6 pts. Invitation from the judge: Joyce Mariani
  • Darina Grishnova - Russia, Vocal Classical, 98 pts. Russian Garden's Special Prize for performing Tchaikovsky's Cuckoo
  • Alex Cosma - USA Classical Vocal, 93.6 points. Invitations from judges: Joyce Mariani; Maria Ludko; Eugenia Terentieva
  • Arina Mireille Petukhov - France/Canada, Vocal Classical, 91 pts
  • Startseva Karolina - Russia, Vocal Classical, 90 pts. Invitation from the judge: Eugenia Terentieva
  • Ilya Ponti - Russia, Vocal Classical, 95.3 pts. Russian Garden's Special Prize for performing Ah, you darling. Invitation from the judge: Eugenia Terentieva
  • Valeria Arkhipova - Russia, Vocal Classical, 90 pts
  • Julian Fritz - Germany, Piano Classical or modern piece, 95.0 pts. Invitation from the judge: Ralitsa Georgieva-Smith
  • Andrew Huang - USA, Piano American composer 91.6 pts. Invitation from the judge: Eugenia Terentieva
  • Lea Sophie Röhrenbeck - Germany, Piano Classical or modern piece, 93.0. Invitation from the judge: Eugenia Terentieva
  • Kseniya Yanchuk - Germany, Piano Classical or modern piece,95 pts. Invitation from the judge: Ralitsa Georgieva-Smith, Evgenia Terentieva Special Prize from the Russian Cultural Garden for the outstanding performance of the modern piece,
  • Benjamin Wei-USA, Piano Classical or modern piece, 95.3 pts Invitation from the judge: Eugenia Terentieva. Special Prize for Outstaning performance of Romantic Composer.Sponsor: Geauga West Rotary Club
  • Spencer Zhang - USA, Piano Classical or modern piece, 90.0 pts. Invitation from the judge: Ralitsa Georgieva-Smith
  • Aaron Zheng - USA, Piano Classical or modern piece, 94.5. Invitation from the judge: Ralitsa Georgieva-Smith
2ND PRIZE WINNERS
  • Maria Udovenko - Russia, Vocal Classical, 89.6 pts. Invitation from the judge: Eugenia Terentieva
  • Olga Bazhenova - Russia, Vocal Classical, 76.5 pts
  • Goarik Pogosyan - Russia, Vocal Classical, 87.6 pts
  • Veronica Selyukova - Russia, Vocal Classical, 85.6 pts Russian Garden's Prize,
  • Alina Morozova - Russia, Vocal Classical, 82.3 pts
  • Kristina Khachaturyan - Russia, Vocal Classical, 76.3 pts
  • Daria Karlova - Russia, Vocal Classical, 75 pts
  • Singing Reeds Ensemble - Russia, Ensemble, 75 pts
  • Thomas Kehoe - USA, Classical Vocal, 83.6 pts
  • Kristina Martinez - USA, Classical Vocal, 86.5 pts. Invitation from the judge: Eugenia Terentieva
  • Polly Roel - Austria, Vocal Cross, 75.0 pts
  • Catherine Weizhuo, Xiao - China, Piano American Composer, 75 pts
  • Victoria Zemskov - USA, Piano American Composer, 84 pts
  • Julia Astorga - USA, Piano Classical and modern piece, 78 pts, Special Prize for outstanding performance of Romantic composer. Sponsor: Russian Cultural Garden
  • Dexter Wu - USA, Piano Classical and modern piece, 76 pts
  • Katherine Zhou - USA, Piano Classical and modern piece, 76 pts. Invitation from the judge: Ralitsa Georgieva-Smith
  • Anastasia Chizhevska - USA, Piano American Composer, 83.3 pts. Invitation from the judge: Eugenia Terentieva
  • Nathan Mu - USA, Piano Classical and modern piece,77 pts, Russian Cultural Garden's Special Prize for outstanding performance of the romantic piece,
  • Sofia Steparova - Russia, Piano Classical and modern piece, 80.3 pts. Invitation from the judge: Eugenia Terentieva
  • Su-Kyi Ng - USA, Piano American Composer, 76.6 pts. Invitation from the judge: Eugenia Terentieva
  • Andrew Huang - Usa, Piano Classical and modern piece, 85.0 pts
  • Nadiia Kozubiak - USA, Piano Classical and modern piece,76.0 pts
  • Jonathan Lin - USA, Piano American Composer, 78.0. Invitation from the judge: Eugenia Terentieva
  • Christina Xin - USA, Piano Classical and modern piece, 79.5 pts
  • Ryah Bolotova - USA, Piano American Composer, 80.6, invitation from the judge: Eugenia Terentieva
  • Ryah Bolotova - USA, Piano Classical and modern piece, 75.5 pts
  • TianyueYan - USA, Piano Classical and modern piece, 86.0 pts
  • Cassidy Feng - USA, Piano Classical and modern piece, 79.5 pts
  • Zeynep Berber - USA, Piano Classical and modern piece, 76.5 pts
  • Amy Zhou - USA, Piano Classical and modern piece, 85,0 pts
  • Emma Liu - USA, Piano Classical and modern piece, 83.0 pts.
  • Jaanvi Sanisetty - USA, Piano Classical and modern piece, 77.6
3RD PRIZE WINNERS
  • Anna Bogoslavskaya - Ukraine, Vocal Classical, 70 pts
  • Sergey Smirnov - Russia, Vocal Classical, 71.3 pts
  • Maria Romanova - Russia, Vocal Classical, 70.5 pts
  • Adrienne Clark - USA, Vocal Classical, 65.3 pts
  • Adrienne Clark - USA, Vocal Cross, 65.6 pts
  • Daria Karlova - Russia, Vocal Cross, 60 pts
  • Jacob Gao - USA, Vocal Classical, 71 pts.
  • Jaynanne Sheehan - USA , Vocal Classical, 71.6 pts, Special Prize "Rapidly Developing", sponsor Olga's Music Studio
  • Trio Jason Cekanski, Jacob Gao, Jaynanne Sheehan - USA, Vocal Classical, 71.5 pts
  • Emma Gisher - USA, Piano Classical and modern piece, 60 pts
  • Ethan Gisher - USA, Piano Classical and modern piece, 57 pts
  • Catherine Weizhuo, Xiao - China, Piano Classical and modern piece, 61.5 pts
  • Stepovaya Margarita - Russia, Piano Classical and modern piece, 70 pts
  • Victoria Zemskov - USA, Piano American Composer, 74 pts
  • Kinsley Cheung - USA, Piano Classical and modern piece, 62 pts
  • Dylan Lin - USA, Piano American Composer, 55 pts
  • Anastasia Chizhevska - USA, Piano Classical and modern piece, 64 pts
  • Stepovaya Margarita - Russia, Piano Classical and modern piece, 70.0 pts
  • Catherine Weizhuo, Xiao - China, Piano American composer, 74.0 pts
  • Catherine Weizhuo, Xiao - China, Piano Classical and modern piece, 61.5 pts
  • Su-Kyi Ng - USA, Piano Classical and modern piece, 66.0 pts
  • Maksim Titov - USA, Piano American composer, 68.3 pts
  • Leo Titov- USA, Piano American composer, 70.6 pts
  • Sophiya Dydyk - USA, Piano American Composer, 72.6pts
  • Jonathan Lin - USA, Piano Classical and modern piece, 70.0 pts
  • Brandon Derkach - USA, Piano Classical and modern piece, 73.0 pts
  • Ethan Y. Dong - USA, Piano Classical and modern piece, 69.5 pts
  • Nadiia Ivantsiuk - USA, Piano Classical and modern piece, 62.5 pts
  • Davis Lin - USA, Piano Classical and modern piece,59.0 pts
  • Queenie Wu - USA, Piano Classical and modern piece, 60,0 pts
  • Jaanvi Sanisetty - USA, Piano American Composer, 74.0 pts
HONORABLE MENTION
  • Sofia Matveeva - Russia, Vocal Cross, 50 pts Special Prize "Best Smile". Sponsor: Olga's Music Studio
  • Anson Lin - USA, Piano Classical and modern piece, 49 pts
  • Angelina Lin - USA, Piano Classical and modern piece, 49 pts
Gala Concert, Winners' Performance and Award Ceremony
August 21
Cleveland Cultural Gardens' Centennial Peace Plaza

August 29
Italian Cultural Garden
The Stars of Summer Gala Concert, talk, and 5 o'clock tea ceremony and reception to enjoy the fine art of Opera, ballet, and instrumental music and to celebrate the winners of the International Piano and Vocal competition.

WHEN: Saturday, August 21. 6 p.m. performance, pre-show talk at 5:30 p.m., tea ceremony, and reception at 5 p.m.

WHERE: Cleveland Cultural Gardens' new Centennial Peace Plaza at 1051 Martin Luther King Blvd.

PROGRAM:
5:00 pm Reception and tea party. Introduction of the foreign and local participants of the Stars of Summer Vocal and Piano Competition

5:45 pm Pre-show talk: "Musical success stories and achievements of the immigrant communities of Cleveland in the past and today "
  • Vince Campana, long time radio personality;
  • Ralitsa Georgieva-Smith, pianist, organizer of "Music for Our Children", a benefit for UNICEF annual concerts in Cleveland;
  • Svetlana Stolyarova, co-founder of the Russian Cultural Garden, music lover and philosopher by education and by passion.
6:10 pm Greeting from the President of the Cleveland Cultural Gardens Federation Dr. Wael Khoury

6:15 pm Tchaikovsky. Quartet # 1 in D-minor, movement 1. Moderato e simplice.
6:25 pm Giacomo Puccini. Musetta's Waltz
  • Kristina Martinez, vocal, 2nd Prize winner Teacher – Carolyn Smith
  • Cleveland Ballet

6:33 pm Rachmaninov. Spring Waters. Gran Prix, Russian Garden's Special Prize winner's presentation
  • Arina Mireille Petukhov - France/Canada, 1st Prize winner, Russian Garden's Special Prize for Rachmaninov's Spring Waters, 103 pts. Invitations from judges: Joyce Mariani; Maria Ludko; Eugenia Terentieva. Teacher - Olga Druzhinina

6:38 pm Christian Sinding. Rustle of Spring Op.32 #3
  • Brandon Derkach, piano, 3rd Prize winner. Teacher - Lilia Poladova

6:42 pm Frederic Chopin. Waltz in Ab Major Op. 42
  • Andrew Huang, piano, 1st Prize winner. Teacher - Esther Chu

6:48 pm Luigi Denza. Funiculi Funicula
  • Thomas Kehoe, vocal, 2nd Prize winner. Teacher - Olga Druzhinina

6:51 pm F. Burgmuller Knight Errant
  • Emma Liu, piano, 2nd Prize winner. Teacher - Ella Karasik

6:55 pm Be My Love
  • The Cleveland Ballet.

7:00 pm R.Schumann. Fantastic Dance
  • Aaron Zheng, piano, 1st Prize Winner. Teacher - Ella Karasik

7:03 pm Gran Prix in piano Presentation. Grieg. Nocturne Op.54
  • Leoni Lin, Germany, Piano Classical or modern piece,102.0 pts. Invitation from judges: Eugenia Terentieva, Ralitsa Georgieva-Smith. Teacher - Irina Minz

7:08 pm Tchaikovsky. The Seasons. June. Barcarolla
  • Nadiia Kozubiak, piano, 2nd Prize winner. Teacher - Marina Sakharova

7:12 pm Russian Garden's Special Prize winner's presentation
  • Ilya Ponti, Russia, 1st Prize winner in two nominations, Italian Garden's Prize, Russian Garden's Special Prize. Teacher - Igor Denisov

7:17 pm Michael Valenti. Prelude #10
  • Victoria Zemskov, piano, 2nd Prize winner. Teacher - Svetlana Ivanova

7:21 pm Edvard Grieg. Sonata in E minor, Op. 7: I. Allegro moderato
  • Benjamin Wei, piano, 1st Prize winner. Teacher - Ella Karasik

7:26 pm Gran Prix in Classical Vocal, Italian Garden's Prize presentation. Albinoni. Adagio O madre Benedetta
  • Teimur Kazimov Ramil Ogly, Azerbaijan, Vocal Classical, 103 pts. Invitations from judges: Joyce Mariani; Maria Ludko; Eugenia Terentieva. Teacher – Ofelia Akhundova

7:31 pm Schumann. Hasche-mann (Blindmann's buff)
  • Spencer Zhang, piano, 1st Prize winner Teacher - Ella Karasik

7:35 pm Francesco Sartori, Frank Peterson, Lucio Quarantotto. Con Te Partiro
  • Olga Druzhinina, Soprano; Leodigario Buenaobra del Rosario, Tenor
  • The Cleveland Ballet

The Stars of Summer Winners Concert August 29th
Italian Cultural Garden.


11.00-11.30
Sophiya Dydyk V.Roubos The Gathering Storm
Nadiia Ivantsiuk J.S. Bach Invention N13
Su-Kyi Ng F.Chopin Waltz in A Minor
Emma Liu F.Burgmuller Knight Errant

11.30-12.00
Sophya Dydyk K.Costley Prairie Wind
Su-Kyi Ng J.Eklund Fading into Twilight
Zeynep Berber L.van Beethoven Sonatina in G Major I, II mov.
Aaron Zheng R.Schumann Fantastic Dance

12.00-12.30
Jaanvi Sanisetti Graupner Bourree
Anastasia Chyzhevska I.S.Bach Invention N13
Johnathan Lin C.Debussy Clair de lune
Ethan Y. Dong E.Toch Jogler (Organizer request)

12.30-1.00
Anastasia Chyzhevska C.Goldston A Stormy Voyage
Johnathan Lin S.Joplin Easy Winners
Andrew Huang S.Michal Pandemic Waltz
Benjamin Wei E.Grieg Sonata E minor, Op. 7: I. Allegro moderato

1.00-1.30
Julia Astorga F.Chopin Nocturne Op. 9 N2
Andrew Huang F.Chopin Waltz in Ab Major Op. 42
Nathan Mu D.Shostakovich Nocturne&Prelude (Organizer Request)

Cantiamo Insieme
Alex Cosma, Jason Cekanski, Jacob Gao, Jaynanne Sheehan
Olga Druzhinina

Adjudication

The Stars Of Summer Panel Of Judges
Carl Topilow, President
Carl Topilow, founding conductor of the renowned Cleveland Pops Orchestra, combines decades of experience as conductor, clarinetist, and entertainer, presenting innovative concerts in both the pops and classical spheres, Faculty Emeritus after 37 years of service as Conductor and Director of the Orchestral Program at CIM.
Maria Ludko, Voice
Maria Ludko, soprano, musicologist, Honored Artist of Russia, Professor of Vocal department of St.Petersburg Conservatory, Russia
Nicoleta Roman, Voice
Nicoleta Roman, Mezzo soprano Lyric Artist-Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Piano teacher and vocal coach, agent (AGT); 2015 to present-Talent manager and artist consultant Representing: Aldo Blaga, Tavi Benz, Paul Rădulescu, Ștefan Glăvănescu
Joyce Mariani, Voice
Joyce Mariani, the President of Italian Cultural Garden, producer of Opera in the Italian Garden
Evgenia Terentieva, Voice and Piano
Evgenia Terentieva, singer, pianist, composer, a winner of international singing and piano competitions and prestigious awards, such as Gold Franz Kafka Medal for her outstanding contribution to the world culture and a “Queen’s Award” from the British Council. She is a President of the UK branch of the World Association of Performing Arts, Founder and the Executive producer of the “Stars of the Albion” performing arts festivals and of the “Musica Nova” International Academy of Music in London, United Kingdom
Athina Savvidow, Voice and Piano
Athina Savvidow, pianist, vocalist, director of Music School in Perea, Thessaloniki, producer of International Moments Competition and Festival in Greece;
Ralitsa Georgieva-Smith, Piano
Ralitsa Georgieva-Smith, the pianist, CIM faculty, founder of “Music for Our Children” annual concert, a benefit for UNICEF
Irina Tchernova, Piano
Irina Tchernova, the pianist, director of Elena Obraztsova Cultural Center, producer of Young Opera International Singers Competition, Elena Obraztsova Young Vocalists International Competition, director of the children musical theater Golden Clef, St. Petersburg, Russia
The Stars of Summer Panel of Judges

President:
Carl Topilow, United States

Voice:
Maria Ludko, Russia;
Nicoleta Roman, United States;
Joyce Mariani, United States;

Voice and Piano:
Evgenia Terentieva, United Kingdom;
Athina Savvidow, Greece;

Piano:
Ralitsa Georgieva-Smith, United States;
Irina Tchernova, Russia.

Panel of Judges estimates participants in 100 points system, based on NFMC requirements.
Judges' invitation to participate in one of their event = 1point, so the result could be 100+

1st place
90%+
2nd place
75%=+
3rd place
55%+
Honorable Mention 49%+
Calendar of events
August 19, 2021 - Winners announced.

August 21, 2021 from 5 pm till 7:30 pm - 5 o'clock tea ceremony, reception, Competition Award Ceremony, and Gala Concert at the Cleveland Cultural Gardens Centennial Peace Plaza. Young Stars of Summer will share the stage with the Cleveland Ballet, M.U.S.I.C. Instrumental group, professional Opera singers.

August 29, 2021 from 11 am till 6 pm - the 75th One World Day celebration in the Cultural Gardens. Praise the Music Teacher Reception and concert of the winners of the Stars of Summer.



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