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

Violinist Sirena Huang Wins 2011 Cooper Competition

August 20, 2011

Jessica R. Downs

Sirena Huang, a 17-year-old violinist from South Windsor, Connecticut, is the first-prize winner of the 2011 Thomas and Evon Cooper International Competition. Her stellar performance of Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto in E Minor, Op. 64, with Jahja Ling conducting the Cleveland Orchestra in Severance Hall on Friday, August 19, brought her the top prize of $10,000, one of the largest awards offered by an international youth competition.
Sirena Huang performs with the Cleveland Orchestra


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