10 Participants Remain as the 2018 Cooper Competition Reaches the Concerto Round

July 16, 2018

By Erich Burnett

The Thomas & Evon Cooper International Competition, Piano 2018, July 14-20

Six pianists will advance to Recital Finals July 18 at Oberlin.

With the completion of Monday's Semifinal Round II, only 10 participants remain in the 2018 Thomas and Evon Cooper International Competition.

Following the second of two sessions on Monday, the jury announced the names of the pianists who will continue in the competition's Concerto Finals on Tuesday, July 17, beginning at 2 p.m.

They are, in order of performance:

2 p.m. session:

Ryan Zhu (age 14), Vancouver, Canada
F. Liszt: Concerto No. 1 in E-flat Major

Bo Zhang (17), Hangzhou, China
F. Chopin: Concerto No. 1 in E Minor

William Yang (17), Natick, Massachusetts, U.S.
F. Chopin: Concerto No. 1 in E Minor

Kai-Min Chang (17), Changhua County, Taiwan
F. Chopin: Concerto No. 1 in E Minor

Tony Yun (17), Toronto, Canada
P. Tchaikovsky: Concerto No. 1 in B-flat Minor

William Chen (15), New York, New York, U.S.
P. Tchaikovsky: Concerto No. 1 in B-flat Minor

7 p.m. session:

Yunchan Lim (14), Siheung-si, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea 
F. Chopin: Concerto No. 2 in F Minor

Yangrui Cai (17), Guangzhou, China
S. Prokofiev: Concerto No. 3 in C Major

Tyler Kim (15), Temecula, California, U.S.
F. Chopin: Concerto No. 2 in F Minor

Anton Mejias (17), Helsinki, Finland
S. Rachmaninoff: Concerto No. 3 in D Minor

Six of these performers will advance to the Recital Finals in Oberlin on Wednesday, July 18.

The Cooper Competition culminates in the Concerto Finals on Friday, July 20, as three finalists perform complete concertos with The Cleveland Orchestra at Severance Hall in Cleveland. One finalist will emerge as the 2018 Cooper champion—with a grand prize of $20,000.

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. 

Click here for tickets to the Concerto Finals July 20 at Severance Hall. (Tickets begin at $13, and all students under age 18 are admitted free with a paying adult.)

CAN'T BE HERE? Follow the action live online: All preliminary rounds on campus will be live streamed at oberlin.edu/cooper.

Details about the participants, jurors, and schedules for each round can be found at the official Cooper Competition website.

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