2019 Cooper Competition Field Narrowed to Six Violinists

July 23, 2019

Cathy Partlow Strauss

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Each will perform Wednesday for the chance to advance to Friday's Concerto Finals with The Cleveland Orchestra at Severance Hall.

Two sessions of Concerto Round competition on Tuesday have given way to another round of jury deliberations in the 2019 Cooper International Competition for Violin. 

After two rounds of competition at Oberlin, the following six participants have been selected to advance to the Recital Finals on Wednesday, July 24.

Jin Yucheng, 17, China 
Shihan Wang, 14, China  
Eric Charles Chen, 18, USA  
Isabella Brown, 16, USA 
Enrique Rodrigues, 17, USA/Canada
Yiyang Hou, 14, China 

Top six violinists 2019
Pictured (L-R): Jin Yucheng, Yiyang Hou, Isabella Brown, Eric Charles Chen, Enrique Rodrigues, Shihan Wang. (Photo by Oli Bentley)

Performance order and repertoire will be announced on Wednesday afternoon.

Admission is free for Wednesday's Recital Finals at 7 p.m. in Oberlin's Warner Concert Hall. View the live stream at the Cooper Competition website and on The Violin Channel.

This program will be broadcast on WCLV 104.9 FM, Cleveland's classical music station, on Thursday evening beginning at 7 p.m. Listen via radio in northeast Ohio and online worldwide

The 2019 Cooper Competition culminates in the Concerto Finals on Friday, July 26, at Cleveland's Severance Hall. There, three finalists will perform complete concertos with The Cleveland Orchestra, with the winner taking home a prize of $20,000. Tickets to the Concerto Finals are $13 to $30, with free tickets available for students under 18 accompanied by a paying adult. Learn more at the Cleveland Orchestra website or call the box office at 216-231-1111. 

Follow the Cooper Competition on Facebook for photos, behind-the-scenes action, and up-to-date information.

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