CCM showcases the world of classical piano this spring with the return of the annual Bearcat Piano Festival! The festivities begin on Tuesday, March 29, and conclude on Sunday, April 3 with the Piano-POW-Looza showcase featuring CCM’s own talented student performers. All events will take place in the intimate Robert J. Werner Recital Hall.

Launched in 2010 by CCM Professor of Piano and Artist-in-Residence Awadagin Pratt, this year’s festival invites several internationally acclaimed artists to the stage. Concert pianist Caroline Hong, hailed for her “expressive and powerful playing,” “formidable technique” and “keen sense of lyricism and the classical style” opens the series with a recital at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, March 29. Pulitzer Prize and Academy Award-winning composer John Corigliano referred to her as “one of the greatest pianists [he has] ever heard.”

Ann Schein performs a recital at 8 p.m. on April 1, followed by a master class at noon on April 2. “Thank heaven for Ann Schein,” the Washington Post observed of her talents, “what a relief it is to hear a pianist who, with no muss or fuss, simply reaches right into the heart of whatever she is playing—and creates music so powerful you cannot tear yourself away.” Stein served on the piano faculty of Peabody Conservatory from 1980-2001. In addition, she has been an artist-faculty member of the Aspen Music Festival and School since 1984, and served as a visiting faculty member at Indiana University from 2008-09.

This year’s Bearcat Piano Festival also sees the continuation of CCM’s collaboration with the University of Michigan’s doctoral piano program. This year, pianist and DMA student Azariah Tan performs at 8 p.m. on Saturday, April 2. Tan is a highly acclaimed performer who has won top prizes at competitions including the American Prize in 2012, the WPTA International Piano Competition in 2013, the New York International Artists Association Piano Competition in 2014 and numerous others.

Finally, the 2016 Bearcat Piano Festival comes to a close with Piano-POW-looza at 7 p.m. on Sunday, April 3. Organized by Piano Department Chair Michael Chertock and curated by Andy Villemez and Sophie Wang the event spotlights the talents of a select few from CCM’s nearly 100 dazzling piano majors; these young artists will provide witty repartee and stunning performances in a triumphant conclusion to the series.

This series only happens once a year, so make sure to not miss out!


8 p.m. Tuesday, March 29
J.S. Bach: Goldberg Variations, BWV 988
Location: Robert J. Werner Recital Hall
Admission: FREE


2 p.m. Wednesday, March 30
Location: Robert J. Werner Recital Hall
Admission: FREE


7 p.m. Wednesday Thursday, March 31
Featuring CCM student pianists Jing’er Xu, Youkyoung Kim, Sanwei Zhang, SanSung Aum, Xuan Guo, Narae Lee, Jaesung Kim, Jordan Neiman, Brendan Jacklin, Dobin Park, Kseniia Polstiankina, Sejeong Jeong, Hanqing Chang, Jeffrey Anderson, Shing-Ming Liao, Julan Wang and Patrick Lechner

Location: Robert J. Werner Recital Hall
Admission: FREE

8 p.m. Friday, April 1
Beethoven: Sonata No. 26 in E-flat Major, Op. 81a
Schumann: Davidsbündlertänze, Op. 6
Chopin: Sonata No. 3 in B Minor, Op. 58
Location: Robert J. Werner Recital Hall
Admission: FREE


12 p.m. Saturday, April 2
 Robert J. Werner Recital Hall
Admission: FREE


8 p.m. Saturday, April 2
Featuring Azariah Tan, DMA Candidate
Chopin: Two Nocturnes, Op. 62
Beethoven: Sonata in A-flat Major, Op. 110
Schubert: Sonata in A Major, D. 959
Location: Robert J. Werner Recital Hall
Admission: FREE


7 p.m. Sunday, April 3
Andrew Villemez and Sophie Wang, music curators
Celebrate April as CCM’s leading pianists shower the Robert J. Werner Recital Hall with cascades of notes, lightning-fast arpeggios and thunderous octaves. Selected from CCM’s nearly 100 piano majors, these young artists are already carving out their own places in the sun and will triumphantly help us conclude a week of special events in our annual Bearcat Piano Festival!
Location: Robert J. Werner Recital Hall
Tickets: $15 general, $10 non-UC students, UC students FREE.


Event Information
All events listed below take place on the campus of the University of Cincinnati unless otherwise indicated. The Piano-POW-looza Student Showcase concert requires paid admission. All other Bearcat Piano Festival events are free and open to the general public.

Tickets can be purchased in person at the CCM Box Office, over the telephone at 513-556-4183 or online now through our e-Box Office! Visit for CCM Box Office hours and location.

All event dates and programs are subject to change. Visit or contact the CCM Box Office at 513-556-4183 for the most current event information.

Parking and Directions
Parking is available in the CCM Garage (located at the base of Corry Boulevard off Jefferson Avenue) and additional garages throughout the UC campus. Please visit for more information on parking rates.

For detailed maps and directions, please visit Additional parking is available off-campus at the new U Square complex on Calhoun Street and other neighboring lots.

For directions to CCM Village, visit

CCM Season Presenting Sponsor and Musical Theatre Program Sponsor: The Otto M. Budig Family Foundation

Community Partner: ArtsWave

All-Steinway School Sponsor: The Corbett Endowment at CCM

CCM is proud to be an All-Steinway School


Story by CCM graduate student Charlotte Kies and CCM alumnus Kevin Norton (DMA Saxophone, 2015)

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