Aged 14, 16 and 18, each will perform a concerto with the Cleveland Orchestra this Friday 26 July
The Thomas & Evon Cooper International Competition last night named its three finalists who will each perform a concerto on Friday 26 July with the Cleveland Orchestra at Severance Hall.
- Isabella Brown,16, US – Dvořák concerto
- Eric Charles Chen, 18, US – Prokofiev Concerto no.2
- Shihan Wang, 14, China, Mendelssohn Concerto
The Cooper International Competition, presented annually by the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and the Cleveland Orchestra, alternating between piano and violin, has a prize pot of $40,000, of which $20,000 goes to the winner, $10,000 to second place and $5,000 to third, with $1,500 each for fourth to sixth positions, plus a $500 audience prize.
The event began life as the Oberlin International Festival in 1985 and, after a brief hiatus, returned in 2010 sponsored by Thomas and Evon Cooper.
This year’s jury, chaired by former Oberlin professor Gregory Fulkerson, comprises: Sibbi Bernhardsson, Radu Blidar, Yi Huang, Marilyn McDonald, Naoko Tanaka and Almita Vamos.
The competition will be streamed live here