Just in: Russian wins Cleveland

Just in: Russian wins Cleveland


norman lebrecht

August 07, 2016

The Russian pianist Nikita Mndoyants came first in the Cleveland International Piano Competition.

His prize is $75,000, a New York recital and US management.

The Italian Leonardo Colafelice came second; third was Dinara Klinton, of Ukraine.

nikita mndoyants

photo: Roger Mastroianni

Mndoyants was a Van Cliburn finalist in 2013.



  • Doktor Avalanche says:

    Small item of note….he is a Russian of Armenian descent. Congratulations, Nikita!

  • Cyril Blair says:

    Congrats to him, a very thoughtful pianist. I became a fan hearing him in the Cliburn.

  • Geoff Cox says:

    and Dinara Klinton was 3rd !

  • daveferre says:

    We loved him here is Tucson (http://www.downtowntucson.org/event/zemlinsky-quartet-and-nikita-mndoyants-at-leo-rich-theatre/) as a pianist and composer. My favorite YouTube with Nikita is https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VhgQ2Pu8X3E. Congrats, a most worthy winner.