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2012

Pianist Leonardo Colafelice, 16, is the Winner of the 2012 Thomas and Evon Cooper International Competition

Leonardo Colafelice, a 16-year-old pianist from Altamura, Bari, Italy, is the first-prize winner of the 2012 Thomas and Evon Cooper International Competition. His stellar performance of Rachmaninovís Piano Concerto No. 3 in D Minor, Op. 30, with Jahja Ling conducting the Cleveland Orchestra in Severance Hall on Friday, July 27, brought him the top prize of $10,000, one of the largest awards offered by an international youth competition.
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Top Three Finalists Named in the Thomas and Evon Cooper International Piano Competition

The top three finalists of the 2012 Cooper International Piano Competition have been selected to advance to the concerto finals round with The Cleveland Orchestra on Friday, July 27. Leonardo Colafelice, 16, from Altamura, Bari, Italy; Xiaoyu Liu, 15, from Montreal, Quebec, Canada; and Micah McLaurin, 17, from Charleston, South Carolina, were chosen Wednesday, July 25, at the conclusion of the competitionís recital finals round at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. Full article »

2011

Violinist Sirena Huang, 17, is the Winner of the 2011 Thomas and Evon Cooper International Competition

Sirena Huang, a 17-year-old violinist from South Windsor, Connecticut, is the first-prize winner of the 2011 Thomas and Evon Cooper International Competition.

Her stellar performance of Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto in E Minor, Op. 64, with Jahja Ling conducting The Cleveland Orchestra in Severance Hall on Friday, August 19, brought her the top prize of $10,000, one of the largest awards offered by an international youth competition. The prize includes concert engagements with orchestras in Beijing and Shanghai, China, and a full, four-year scholarship to the Oberlin Conservatory of Music.
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The Top Three Finalists of the Thomas and Evon Cooper International Violin Competition Perform with The Cleveland Orchestra at Severance Hall on Friday, August 19

The top three finalists of the 2011 Cooper International Violin Competition have been selected to advance to the concerto finals round with The Cleveland Orchestra on Friday, August 19.

Sirena Huang, 17, from South Windsor, Connecticut; Laura Park, 17, from Des Plaines, Illinois; and Alexandra Switala, 17, from Grapevine, Texas, were chosen Wednesday, August 17, at the conclusion of the competition’s recital finals round at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. After nearly a week of intense competition among an original pool of 24 young violinists, the three finalists will perform their full concerti Friday night with The Cleveland Orchestra, Jahja Ling conducting. The concert will be held in Severance Hall at 8 p.m. and broadcast live on 104.9-FM WCLV, with a simulcast at www.wclv.com. For tickets call 800-686-1141 or visit www.clevelandorchestra.com. Full article »

Six Finalists Perform Tonight in the Recital Finals Round of the 2011 Cooper International Violin Competition

After two rounds of intense competition, the judges of the 2011 Cooper International Violin Competition have announced the six young musicians that will advance to the Recital Finals Round on Wednesday, August 17. They are, in alphabetical order: Gergana Haralampieva, 17, from Bulgaria; Sirena Huang, 17, from South Windsor, Conn.; Mayumi Kanagawa, 16, from Japan; Laura Park, 17, from Des Plaines, IL; Alexandra Switala, 17, from Grapevine, TX; and Kelly Talim, 15, from Japan. Full article »

Ten Violinists Advance to the Concerto Round of the 2011 Cooper International Violin Competition

Ten of the world’s most promising violinists advance to the Concerto Round of the 2011 Cooper International Violin Competition. They are, in alphabetical order: Ania Filochowska, from Poland; Brandon Garbot, from Portland, OR; Gergana Haralampieva, from Bulgaria; Sirena Huang, from South Windsor, Conn.; Mayumi Kanagawa, from Japan; Stephen Kim, from Cupertino, CA; Laura Park, from Des Plaines, IL; Alexandra Switala, from Grapevine, TX; Kelly Talim, from Japan; and Zhu Ke, from China. Full article »

2010 Cooper Competition Winner George Li Performs at White House State Dinner

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The 2010 Cooper Competition winner George Li recently performed at a White House State Dinner honoring German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Seen in a White House photo signed by President and Mrs. Obama are (from left): Katie Li; Dr. Joachim Sauer, husband of the chancellor; First Lady Michelle Obama; Dr. Angela Merkel, chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany; President Barack Obama; and Jian Li. In front row from left are Andrew Li and George Li, 2010 Cooper Competition winner. Full article »

The 2011 Thomas and Evon Cooper International Competition, featuring 24 young violinists, takes place at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music August 11 - 19

OBERLIN, OHIO (July 13, 2011) — The Oberlin Conservatory of Music and The Cleveland Orchestra are pleased to present the 2nd annual Thomas and Evon Cooper International Competition. Building on the historic relationship between the two institutions, this international event will enhance educational opportunities for young musicians by offering scholarships, cash prizes, and the chance to perform in concert venues across the globe. Full article »

Cooper Competition’s Preliminary Audition Round Forecasts Success

The China round of the 2011 Cooper International Competition took place in Beijing over the weekend of April 30 – May 2, 2011. Thirty-eight applicants from all over China came together in the beautiful Beijing Concert Hall for a celebration of spectacular violin playing and amazing pyrotechnics. In addition to the competition, the Beijing Concert Hall presented a festival for younger violinists, which featured another 40 immensely gifted prodigies performing and attending master classes and lectures. Full article »

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