Cynthia Raim, who was unanimously chosen as the First Prize winner of the Clara Haskil International Piano Competition, has been acclaimed for her concerto and recital appearances throughout the United States and abroad. In summing up the performance that won Ms. Raim the coveted Clara Haskil prize, La Suisse (Geneva) noted that Ms. Raim showed a musical nature that has gone far beyond technical mastery: Without affectation, without useless bravado, Cynthia Raim has imprinted herself on us and cannot escape our admiration Le Monde (Paris) called her a new Clara Haskil.
Ms. Raim has won the prestigious Pro Musicis Award and in 1987, was the first recipient of the "Distinguished Artist Award" of the Musical Fund Society of Philadelphia (America's oldest continuing musical organization), which was given for outstanding achievement and artistic merit. Her many recent U.S. appearances include Alice Tully Hall, the 92nd Street Y, the Kennedy Center, and the Master Keyboard Series of the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society
Ms. Raim has also made numerous radio and television appearances. She has appeared as soloist with leading orchestras in such major cities as Detroit, Minneapolis, Pittsburgh, New Orleans, Prague, Hamburg, Lausanne and Vienna. She has also participated in many leading international music festival including Marlboro, Ravinia, Tanglewood, Meadow Brook, Grand Tetoin, Bard, Mostly Mozart, Sante Fe, Luzern and Montreux.
Active in chamber music as well, Ms. Raim has appeared frequently in duo recitals with Benita Valente, David Soyer, Arnold Steinhardt, Samuel Rhodes and with the Guarneri String Quartet. She has recorded for Gallo, Pantheon, and Connoisseur Society.
A native of Detroit, where she first studied with Mischa Kottler, Ms. Raim was the youngest soloist ever to perform a complete concerto with the Detroit Symphony. Before graduating in 1977 from the Curtis Institute of Music, where she studied with Rudolf Serkin and Mieczyslaw Horszowski, Ms. Raim has won the Festorazzi Award for Most Promising Pianist at Curtis, s well as first prizes in the U.S. Bach International and Three Rivers national piano competitions.