Micah McLaurin (2016)
A native of Charleston, South Carolina, 21-year-old Micah McLaurin studies at the Curtis Institute of Philadelphia with Robert McDonald. McLaurin holds titles from several international competitions, including the Ettlingen International Competition for Young Pianists in Germany, the Thomas and Evon Cooper International Piano Competition at Oberlin, the Arthur Fraser International Piano Competition, the Hilton Head International Piano Competition and the IIYM International Piano Competition.
He was the youngest of eight pianists chosen worldwide to participate in the Verbier Festival Academy in Switzerland as well as one of eight pianists selected to participate in the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, where he won the concerto competition and performed with the Academy Festival Orchestra.
McLaurin has performed to critical acclaim as a soloist with the Cleveland Orchestra, Orqueta Filarmonica de Montevideo, Orquesta Juvenil de El Salvador, the Charleston Symphony Orchestra, the Perugia Festival Orchestra and the Virginia Symphony. He has also appeared in chamber music recitals at the Piccolo Spoleto Festival, the Southeastern Piano Festival, the International Institute for Young Musicians, the International Piano Series at the College of Charleston and the Miami Chopin Foundation.