Pianist Leonardo Colafelice, 16, is the Winner of the 2012 Thomas and Evon Cooper International Competition

July 28, 2012

Communications Staff

Leonardo Colafelice, a 16-year-old pianist from Altamura, Bari, Italy, is the first-prize winner of the 2012 Thomas and Evon Cooper International Competition. His stellar performance of Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No. 3 in D Minor, Op. 30, with Jahja Ling conducting The Cleveland Orchestra in Severance Hall on Friday, July 27, brought him the top prize of $10,000, one of the largest awards offered by an international youth competition. The prize includes concert engagements with orchestras in Beijing and Shanghai, China, and a full, four-year scholarship to the Oberlin Conservatory of Music.
Pianist performs with orchestra.

Top Three Finalists Named in the 2012 Thomas and Evon Cooper International Piano Competition

July 26, 2012

Communications Staff

The top three finalists of the 2012 Cooper International Piano Competition have been selected to advance to the concerto finals round with The Cleveland Orchestra on Friday, July 27 at 8 pm in Severance Hall. Leonardo Colafelice, 16, from Altamura, Bari, Italy; Xiaoyu Liu, 15, from Montreal, Quebec, Canada; and Micah McLaurin, 17, from Charleston, South Carolina, were chosen Wednesday, July 25, at the conclusion of the competition’s recital finals round at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. For tickets to the final round call 800-686-1141 or visit
3 young men stand together on stage
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