2017 Cooper Competition following his performance of the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto with the Cleveland Symphony Friday night.Congratulations to violinist Johan Dalene, 16, of Norrköping, Sweden, who was awarded First Prize in the
Here is the list of the top winners in the competition, which included a tie for second place:
All three Concerto Finalists were also offered full-tuition scholarships to attend the Oberlin Conservatory of Music.
"I saw the best Tchaikovsky Concerto that I’ve ever heard," said jury chair Gregory Fulkerson, after Dalene was named the winner. "I’ve been waiting 60 years to hear someone take the Tchaikovsky Concerto and understand the score so profoundly that he can take it to the world and interpret it in precisely the way the composer intended. It was simply spectacular."
The finalists were narrowed down from a group of 23 violinists from eight countries who came to Oberlin to compete in the competition, which began July 15.. The competition is sponsored by Oberlin Conservatory of Music and The Cleveland Orchestra. Other prize winners were named on Wednesday night.
Jury members include Gregory Fulkerson, Sibbi Bernhardsson, David Bowlin, Chenxing Huang, Haik Kazazyan, Marilyn McDonald, Mark Messenger, Jan Mark Sloman, Naoko Tanaka and Milan Vitek. Prizes to be awarded Friday include a $20,000 first prize; $10,000 second prize and $5,000 third prize.
The Thomas and Evon Cooper International Competition, founded in 2010 and held at Oberlin, alternates annually between piano and violin. The competition is for musicians between the ages of 13 and 18.
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