Following the recital round in Oberlin’s Warner Concert Hall on Wednesday, the jury for the Thomas and Evon Cooper International Piano Competition announced the three finalists who will play concertos with Jahja Ling and The Cleveland Orchestra at Severance Hall on Friday evening at 7:30 pm, and named the 4th, 5th, and 6th-place winners and the recipients of the Audience Prize.
The final three are Tony Yun, (left, 17) of Toronto, Canada, Yunchan Lim (center, 14) of Siheung-si, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea, and Kai-Min Chang (right, age 17) of Changhua County, Taiwan.Yun will play Tchaikovsky’s First Concerto. Lim will be featured in Chopin’s Second Concerto. Chang will solo in Chopin’s First Concerto.
Winners of 4th through 6th prizes ($1,500 each) are Ryan Zhu (14) of Vancouver, Canada; William Chen (15) of New York, New York; and William Yang (17) of Natick, Massachusetts. The Audience Prize, for the first time in Cooper history, was a tie between Lim and Yun ($500 goes to each competitor).
Tickets for the Severance Hall final round, which will be broadcast live by WCLV 104.9 ideastream and wclv.org, are available online.