Daily Bow: Cooper Competition Results


Three Prize Winners Selected at Cooper International Violin Competition

Cleveland, OH – August 20, 2011

Following their performances with Jahja Ling and The Cleveland Orchestra on Friday evening, the judges named the top three prizewinners in the Cooper International Violin Competition. Awards were presented on the stage of Severance Hall by Oberlin Conservatory Dean David H. Stull and Thomas Cooper, a 1978 graduate of Oberlin College and the sponsor of the competition.

First Prize to Sirena Huang (17, South Windsor, CT), for her performance of the Mendelssohn concerto;

Second Prize to Alexandra Switala (17, Grapevine, TX), for her performance of Prokofiev’s second concerto;

Third Prize to Laura Park (17, Des Plaines, IL), for her performance of the Sibelius concerto.

 Full story here: http://clevelandclassical.wordpress.com/2011/08/20/cooper-international-violin-competition-top-prizes-awarded/

About the Cooper Competition

Beginning in summer 2010, the Oberlin Conservatory of Music joined with the Cleveland Orchestra to offer an important new international competition for young musicians that featured more than $20,000 in prize money and a performance with the orchestra. The Thomas and Evon Cooper International Competition, sponsored by Thomas and Evon Cooper, alternates annually between piano and violin, debuting in summer 2010 for pianists, followed by a 2011 competition for violinists. Open to musicians between the ages of 13 and 18, the competition will culminate in a final round at Severance Hall, where the top three competitors will perform a full concerto with the Cleveland Orchestra.

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