Cooper Piano Festival


July 20 to July 28, 2017

Introducing our new addition to the Piano Festival - the Amateur Program for adult pianists!


The Cooper 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.

After the Cooper Competition finals in Cleveland, you'll attend a week of master classes, performances, and forums while meeting other pianists of all ages. You will:

  • take three 50-minute private lessons with Festival faculty faculty
  • have the opportunity to audition for a limited number of spaces in master classes by a festival faculty member
  • perform in the optional Festival competition
  • perform in the piano ensemble talent show and the Festival final concert at the end of the week

 After a week in the festival, you'll come away a stronger, more confident pianist.

The Oberlin Amateur Festival and Competition welcomes amateurs of all levels to share the joy of piano playing with us!

The competition gives those who wish to compete the opportunity to perform for an audience of professionals and fellow music lovers. We will give recognition awards to participants in the competition. All participants will receive three 50-minute lessons with Festival faculty as well as the opportunity to perform in public master classes and recitals.

Celebrating Oberlin's partnership with Lake Como Academy

Oberlin Conservatory of Music has begun a partnership this year with International Piano Academy Lake Como, an institution dedicated to advancing the education of elite student pianists regardless of financial resources or country of origin. The Italy-based academy will have an exclusive residency at the conservatory.

Joining the Festival Faculty this year is William Grant Naboré, artistic director and cofounder of Lake Como, who also serves as  conservatory visiting teacher in residence. He has taught students who've gone on to win every major piano competition, including the last Tchaikovsky International Competition, the Chopin Competition in Warsaw, the Queen Elizabeth Competition and the Van Cliburn Competition.