(CINCINNATI) - The World Piano Competition kicks off Monday for the event's 57th season. The event has drawn the worlds' best pianists from around the world to the Cincinnati area since 1956. This year's competition is partnered with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and the University of Cincinnati's College-Conservatory of Music.
The competitors of the competition are competing for over $65,000 in prize money. The Gold Medal winner in the Artist Division is awarded a debut recital at Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall in New York and numerous performance opportunities worldwide.
The first round of the competition kicks off Monday and Tuesday. The Semifinals are Wednesday and Thursday, while the Finals will be on Saturday. The finals will be held in Corbett Auditorium at the University of Cincinnati at 7:00 p.m.
The finalists of the competition will perform with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra.
The Young Artist Division (ages five to 17) takes place from July 22 – 27.