Cleveland International Piano Competition winner joins the CSO

The Canton Symphony Orchestra is honored to share the stage with the 2016 Cleveland International Piano Competition winner Nikita Mndoyants!  This delightful evening of piano music, as well as other orchestra favorites, is on February 25, 2017 at 8:00pm at Umstattd Performing Arts Hall at the Zimmermann Symphony Center.  This concert is sponsored in part by the generosity of William P. Blair III and Mark and Beverly Belgya.

27-year-old Nikita Mndoyants began to play piano and compose music at an early age. He has toured throughout China, Estonia, France, Germany, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Portugal, Russia, Spain, Switzerland, and the U.S. Mr. Mndoyants won the Mixon First Prize at the 2016 Cleveland International Piano Competition, first prize at the Paderewsky International Piano Competition in 2007 and was a finalist at the 2013 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. He has performed in several festivals, including the Chopin Festival in Poland and the International Keyboard Institute and Festival in New York. He also has been artist in residence at the International Music Festival in France since 2012.

Mr. Mndoyants has worked with renowned conductors including Leonard Slatkin, Eri Klas, Ignat Solzhenitsyn, Charles Ansbacher, and Alexander Sladkovsky. Giving his first chamber performance with the Borodin Quartet in 2004, he has continued to cultivate his passion for chamber music, working with such ensembles as the Brentano, Eben, Zemlinsky and Szymanowsky Quartets.

The evening will start with The Yellow Princess Overture by Saint-Saëns, and then the orchestra will welcome Mr. Mndoyants for his performance of Prokofiev’s Second Piano Concerto.  For the second half of the concert, the CSO will feature the tumultuous Fifth Symphony by Sibelius.  There will be a pre-concert lecture at 7pm with Dr. Rachel Waddell, Associate Conductor of the Canton Symphony Orchestra.

Tickets for the Canton Symphony Orchestra concert on January 28, 2017 range in price from $28-$48 and are available online at, by phone at 330-452-2094 or in person at the Canton Symphony Orchestra administrative offices in the Zimmermann Symphony Center at 2331 17th Street NW in Canton weekdays 9am-5pm.

Founded in 1937, the Canton Symphony Orchestra is a fully professional ensemble and organization dedicated to performing concerts that enrich, educate and entertain residents of Stark County and beyond. The orchestra performs classical, holiday, and a variety of educational programs in Umstattd Performing Arts Hall, 2323 17th Street NW, Canton, Ohio, as well as other venues in Stark County. For more information, please visit or call (330)452-2094. Administrative offices are located at the Zimmermann Symphony Center 2331 17th Street NW, Canton OH 44708.