Oberlin’s Cooper Competition Features Top Teen Violinists

Sat 7/20-Fri 7/26

Young violinists have their chance to shine at Oberlin Conservatory’s Thomas and Evon Cooper International Competition, celebrating its 10th year this year. Two dozen participants, ages 13-18, qualified to compete, coming from all over the U.S., as well as Taiwan, China, Norway, Sweden and Korea to be judged by a seven-member jury comprising faculty from top conservatories including Oberlin.

They’ll perform in semifinal rounds at Oberlin’s Warner Concert Hall Sat 7/20-Wed 7/24, when the field will be reduced to the final three. Then on Fri 7/26, those finalists will perform complete concertos with the Cleveland Orchestra at Severance Hall. (And if you can’t make it to Severance Hall, the finals will be aired on WCLV 104.9FM @ 7:30pm.) The grand prizewinner gets $20,000, with $10,000 to the second-place winner and $5,000 to the third-place winner. Each finalist also gets a full four-year tuition scholarship to Oberlin Conservatory.

All the Oberlin rounds are free and open to the public. Tickets for the Severance Hall concert are $15-$30.

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