A young violinist performing on stage with orchestra behind her.

Cooper International Competition

The Thomas and Evon Cooper International 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. It’s open to musicians ages 13 to 18, who compete for the top prize of $20,000. The competition culminates in a final round at Severance Hall in Cleveland, where the top three competitors perform a full concerto with the incomparable Cleveland Orchestra.

The 2019 competition will feature young violinists from all over the world. Each finalist’s prize package also includes a full four-year tuition scholarship to attend Oberlin Conservatory, pending admission.

The fourth, fifth, and sixth prizes of $1,500 each and the Audience Prize of $500 will be presented at the conclusion of the Recital Final Round on Wednesday, July 24, in Oberlin.

Next Upcoming Event

violinist performs in Warner Concert Hall

The Thomas & Evon Cooper International Violin Competition

Saturday, July 20, 2019
1:30 pm to 5:00 pm
Warner Concert Hall

Watch the webcast! This event will be streamed live at the time of the event. The tenth-annual Thomas and Evon Cooper International Competition begins Saturday, July 20. Twenty-four young violinists...