The competition is open to young pianists ages 13 to 18 by July 21, 2012, and who have not won one of the top three prizes in previous Cooper competitions.
Prospective competitors must submit:
- A letter of recommendation from their current teachers
- An entrance fee of $80
- The completed application form
- A DVD or other video format of continuous unedited performances of the following three works:
- The first movement of a sonata by Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven, or Schubert
- A virtuoso etude by Chopin, Liszt, Debussy, or Rachmaninoff
- Any work of the applicant's choice
All application materials must be mailed and postmarked by April 13, 2012. Invitations to compete in Oberlin will be sent by late April.
Competitors must offer a complete concerto and 40 minutes or more of recital repertoire as listed below.
SEMIFINALS ROUND I
SATURDAY, JULY 21 to SUNDAY, JULY 22
FIRST ROUND | Approximately 30 Pianists - 30 minutes duration
The competitors will choose the order and pieces to be performed for this round. You must perform the two required pieces for this round listed below, plus one or more works of your choice for 30-minutes duration.
- The first movement of a sonata by Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven, or Schubert. This may be the same piece submitted with your application
- One of the following lyrical pieces:
MENDELSSOHN - Songs Without Words:
Op. 19, No. 1 in E Major, Op. 38, No.6 in A-flat Major, Op. 62, No. 1 in G Major, Op. 85, No. 4 in D Major
Prelude Op. 45, or Nocturne (your choice)
Romance, Op. 28, No. 2 in F# Major
SEMIFINALS ROUND II
MONDAY, JULY 23
Second-round competitors will be announced in the evening after the completion of the First Round. The judges will choose the order and repertoire performed for the second round for 15 minutes duration.
CONCERTO ROUNDTUESDAY, JULY 24
Experienced piano accompanists will be provided to all concerto-round candidates for a studio rehearsal. This rehearsal time will be the length of the concerto plus 30-minutes. Candidates are welcome to bring their own piano accompanist at their own expense.
An entire concerto selected by each competitor from the list below will be performed with piano accompaniment. Approximately 10 pianists will advance to this round.
Cooper Competition Piano Concerto List:
- Beethoven: Concerto No. 1
- Beethoven: Concerto No. 2
- Beethoven: Concerto No. 3
- Beethoven: Concerto No. 4
- Beethoven: Concerto No. 5
- Brahms: Concerto No. 1
- Brahms: Concerto No. 2
- Chopin: Concerto No. 1
- Chopin: Concerto No. 2
- Grieg Piano Concerto
- Liszt: Concerto No. 1
- Mozart: K466
- Mozart: K488
- Prokofiev: Concerto No. 1
- Prokofiev: Concerto No. 3
- Rachmaninoff: Concerto No. 1
- Rachmaninoff: Concerto No. 2
- Rachmaninoff: Concerto No. 3
- Saint-Saens: Concerto No. 2
- Schumann: Concerto
- Tchaikovsky: Concerto No. 1
WEDNESDAY, JULY 25
Six finalists will perform for about 30 minutes each in a program selected by the judges. At the conclusion of this round, prizes for fourth, fifth, and sixth place will be announced. This round will be broadcast live on WCLV 104.9 FM.
The recital round repertoire must be selected from the works in the semifinal rounds.
FRIDAY, JULY 27 at 8 p.m.
The three remaining finalists will perform their complete concerti with the Cleveland Orchestra at Severance Hall. At the conclusion of this round, prizes for first, second, and third place will be awarded. This round will be broadcast live on WCLV 104.9 FM.