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Introducing our new addition to the Piano Festival: The Amateur Program for Adult Pianists 

The Piano Festival begins at the close of the annual Thomas and Evon Cooper International Competition. Each piano festival participant will have the opportunity to watch Cooper Competition soloists and performances with the Cleveland Orchestra in Severance Hall.

The Piano Festival begins at the close of the annual Thomas and Evon Cooper International Competition featuring an international pool of young pianists ages 13-18. After the Welcoming session, Festival participants are invited to the Cooper Competition Honors Concert!

The next day, participants observe the Friday morning Cooper master classes, then that day, everyone gets on the bus to Severance Hall, Cleveland, Ohio for the Cooper Concerto Finals which features the three Cooper finalists and the renowned Cleveland Orchestra.

The week continues with private lessons, master classes, technique and piano ensemble sessions, an optional Festival competition, and final concert in Warner Concert Hall. All participants will receive three 50-minute lessons with festival faculty as well as the opportunity to perform in public master classes.

After a week in the festival, you’ll come away a stronger, more confident pianist!