Oberlin, OH — Thursday, July 26

Oberlin Cooper Competition Finalists

L-R: Xiaoyu Liu, Leonardo Colafelice, and Micah McLaurin. Photo: Roger Mastroianni

Following the Recital Round on Wednesday evening in Warner Concert Hall at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, the judges for the Cooper International Piano Competition announced the names of the three contestants who will compete on Friday evening in Severance Hall with Jahja Ling and The Cleveland Orchestra. They are, in performance order:

Xiaoyu Liu, 15, Montréal, Québec, Canada — Rachmaninov: Concerto No. 2
Micah McLaurin, 17, Charleston, SC — Chopin: Concerto No. 2
Leonardo Colafelice, 16, Altamura, Bari, Italy — Rachmaninov: Concerto No. 3

The 8 pm performance will be broadcast live over WCLV, 104.9 FM. Tickets are available from the Severance Hall box office, 216.231.11111 or can be ordered online. A free performance at 4pm in Reinberger Chamber Music Hall will feature outstanding performances from the Semifinals Round.

Wednesday evening’s emcee, WCLV president Robert Conrad, also announced winners of four prizes:

The audience favorite award went to Leonardo Colafelice.

The sixth-place winner was Sarina Zhang, 16, from San Diego, CA

Tieing for the fourth-place prize were Sahun Hong, 18, of Fort Worth, TX, and Annie Zhou, 14, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.