The ninth-annual Thomas and Evon Cooper International Competition begins Saturday, July 14.
Thirty-one young pianists, ages 14 through 18 and representing seven countries, square off through six days of performances.
These remarkable young artists begin with recital repertoire and advance through Semifinal rounds to the Concerto Round, where the field narrows to 10 pianists. Six accomplished musicians perform in the Recital Finals on Wednesday evening, also broadcast live on WCLV-104.9 FM. At the end of that performance, the jury determines the three pianists who will move on to the Concerto Finals with The Cleveland Orchestra at Severance Hall. On Friday, July 20 at 7:30 pm, that evening's performances feature complete concertos and one finalist will emerge as the 2018 Cooper champion—with a grand prize of $20,000.
SEMIFINALS ROUND I - Saturday and Sunday, July 14 and 15
Fifteen competitors perform for 30 minutes each.
(three sessions each day)
9:30 am, 2 pm, 7:30 pm
All Oberlin performances are free and take place in Warner Concert Hall (77 W. College St.) on the beautiful campus of Oberlin College and Conservatory.
Severance Hall tickets: Call 1-800-686-1141 or click here for tickets to the Concerto Finals July 20 at Severance Hall. Tickets start at $13. All students under age 18 are admitted free with a paying adult.