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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.

Each finalist’s prize package also includes a full four-year tuition scholarship to attend the Oberlin Conservatory of Music.

Competition Details

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Past Events

15
Jul

Cooper Competition: Violin Semifinals

1:30 pm to 5:30 pm
Warner Concert Hall
Webcast Available

Watch the webcast! This event will be streamed live at the time of the event. The semifinal rounds take place July 15–17 in Warner Concert Hall and live streamed on Oberlin's website. Each...

15
Jul

Cooper Competition: Violin Semifinals

7:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Warner Concert Hall
Webcast Available

Watch the webcast! This event will be streamed live at the time of the event. Each semifinalist performs for approximately 35 minutes. Oberlin Conservatory of Music and The Cleveland Orchestra are...

16
Jul

Cooper Competition: Violin Semifinals

1:30 pm to 5:30 pm
Warner Concert Hall
Webcast Available

Watch the webcast! This event will be streamed live at the time of the event. The semifinal rounds take place July 15–17 in Warner Concert Hall and live streamed on Oberlin's website. Each...

16
Jul

Cooper Competition: Violin Semifinals

7:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Warner Concert Hall
Webcast Available

Watch the webcast! This event will be streamed live at the time of the event. Each semifinalist performs for approximately 35 minutes. Oberlin Conservatory of Music and The Cleveland Orchestra are...

17
Jul

Cooper Competition: Violin Semifinals

1:30 pm to 5:30 pm
Warner Concert Hall
Webcast Available

Watch the webcast! This event will be streamed live at the time of the event. The semifinal rounds take place July 15–17 in Warner Concert Hall and live streamed on Oberlin's website. Each...

17
Jul

Cooper Competition: Violin Semifinals

7:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Warner Concert Hall
Webcast Available

Watch the webcast! This event will be streamed live at the time of the event. Each semifinalist performs for approximately 35 minutes. Oberlin Conservatory of Music and The Cleveland Orchestra are...

18
Jul

Cooper Competition: Violin Concerto Round with piano

1:30 pm to 5:30 pm
Warner Concert Hall
Webcast Available

Watch the webcast! This event will be streamed live at the time of the event. In the Violin Concerto round, ten competitors perform a complete concerto with piano. Oberlin Conservatory of Music and...

18
Jul

Cooper Competition: Violin Concerto Round with piano

7:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Warner Concert Hall
Webcast Available

Watch the webcast! This event will be streamed live at the time of the event. In the Violin Concerto round, ten competitors perform a complete concerto with piano. Oberlin Conservatory of Music and...

19
Jul

Cooper Competition: Violin Recital Finals Round

7:00 pm to 10:30 pm
Warner Concert Hall
Webcast Available

Watch the webcast! This event will be streamed live at the time of the event. Six competitors each perform a 30-minute recital at Warner Concert Hall. This event will be broadcast live on WCLV 104.9...

20
Jul

Cooper Competition: Violin Honors Recital

7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Warner Concert Hall
Webcast Available

Watch the webcast! This event will be streamed live at the time of the event. Highlight performances of the Cooper Competition will be performed by the Cooper semifinalists.