22 violinists compete for $10K prize


Courtesy photo William Ching-Yi Wei of Taiwan earned a rare tie for first place in the 2013 Cooper Competition.

Twenty-two violinists from around the country are coming to Oberlin July 25-31 to participate in the Sixth Annual Thomas and Evon Cooper International Competition.

The artists range in age from 14 to 18 years old. They will compete for the top prize of $10,000 and three full-tuition scholarships to attend the Oberlin Conservatory of Music.

This year’s contenders were chosen by a video audition and come from China, South Korea, Australia, Canada, Japan, Taiwan, and the United States.

The summer competition alternates each year between pianists and violinists.

The students will be judged by eight music teachers from around the world, who will offer free classes July 28-30 at Oberlin’s Clonick Hall.

The violinists will compete in five days of performances on the Oberlin College campus, then advance to the semi-final rounds, a concerto round, and a recital final.

The top three finalists will perform with the Cleveland Orchestra under the direction of Jahja Ling on July 31 at Severance Hall, Cleveland.

All of performances in town are free to the public and will take place at Warner Concert Hall.

Tickets for the concreto finals start at $15 and can be purchased through the Cleveland Orchestra.