Cooper Competition 2018 winner Tony Siqi Yun
Photo credit: Roger Mastroianni

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Since the summer of 2010, Oberlin Conservatory of Music joined with The Cleveland Orchestra to offer an important international competition for highly accomplished young musicians. Cash prizes total $40,000, and includes a $20,000 first prize. Three finalists from the field advance to perform full concertos with The Cleveland Orchestra at its renowned home, Severance Hall.

  • All Cooper Competition rounds are open to the public and live-streamed.
  • Admission is free to all rounds in the conservatory’s Warner Concert Hall.
  • The Recital Finals Round is broadcast on Cleveland's classical radio station, WCLV.
  • Tickets for the Concerto Finals with The Cleveland Orchestra at Severance Hall in Cleveland are available at or by calling (800) 686-1141.

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Anna Hoffmann
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Cathleen Partlow Strauss
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Oberlin Conservatory of Music

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Oberlin Conservatory of Music offers rigorous programs designed to prepare students for professional lives as performers, composers, scholars, and teachers. We welcome talented music students with demonstrated records of achievement to apply.