Piano 2023: Repertoire

Competitors must offer a complete concerto and 40 minutes or more of recital repertoire as listed below.

Semifinals Round

Monday, July 31 and Tuesday, August 1

Approximately 20 pianists — 40 minutes duration.

After performing the two required pieces below, the competitors will choose the order and pieces to be performed for this 40-minute round.

  1. The first movement of a sonata by Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven, or Schubert. This may be the same piece submitted with your application

  2. 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

    • CHOPIN
      Prelude Op. 45, or Nocturne (your choice)

    • SCHUMANN
      Romance, Op. 28, No. 2 in F# Major

Concerto Round

Wednesday, August 2

An entire concerto selected by each competitor from the list below will be performed with piano accompaniment. The Cooper Competition will provide experienced piano accompanists to all concerto-round candidates for a studio rehearsal. This rehearsal time will be the length of the concerto plus 30 minutes. Any other accompanists are not permitted.

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
  • Rachmaninoff: Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini
  • Saint-Saens: Concerto No. 2
  • Schumann: Concerto
  • Tchaikovsky: Concerto No. 1

At the conclusion of this round, prizes for fourth, fifth, sixth place and audience prize will be awarded. The three concerto finalists will be announced.

Concerto Finals

Friday, August 4

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.