Cooper International Competition
Founded in 2010, the Thomas and Evon Cooper International Competition is dedicated to presenting an important international competitive opportunity to outstanding young musicians.
The “Cooper Competition” at Oberlin, sponsored by Thomas and Evon Cooper, alternates annually between piano and violin. The program was first offered in summer 2010 for pianists, followed by a 2011 competition for violinists. Open to musicians between the ages of 13 and 18, the competition culminates in a final round where the top three competitors perform a full concerto with orchestra. Beginning in 2016, overall cash prizes were increased to $40,000, including a $20,000 first prize.
The performances of the 2023 Cooper International Competition for pianists begins July 31.
The Semifinals, Concerto Round, and Honors Concert are held in Warner Concert Hall and are free and open to the public. The Concerto Finals with The Cleveland Orchestra are held in Cleveland, Ohio at Severance Hall. Ticket information will be available in the spring.
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