A violinist in a dusty pink dress and a pianist in a black attire just finish a performance.
The Thomas & Evon

Cooper International Competition

Photo credit: Roger Mastroianni

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.

Learn more about the Cooper Competition sponsors

Violin 2022

The 2022 Cooper International Competition for violinists begins August 15.

All rounds are held in Warner Concert Hall and are free and open to the public.

Each round will also be streamed live on oberlin.edu and The Violin Channel.


2017 Cooper medalists.
The Coopers with the 2017 top prizewinners.
Photo credit: Roger Mastroianni

News and Updates

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November 9, 2021

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Past Competitions

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2019 Cooper Violin Competition


General Information:

Anna Hoffmann
Program Administrator
direct: 440-775-8044
fax: 440-775-8942


Cathleen Partlow Strauss
Director of Conservatory Communications
Oberlin Conservatory of Music

A Member of the Alink-Argerich Foundation since 2006.

About Oberlin Conservatory

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.

Warner Concert Hall.
Photo credit: Kevin Reeves