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Violin 2015

All Cooper International Competition performances and master classes held at Oberlin Conservatory of Music from July 25–30 are free and open to the public.

The Concerto Finals on July 31 with The Cleveland Orchestra at Severance Hall in Cleveland require tickets, which are available online or by calling the Severance Hall Box Office at 800-686-1141.

Our media partner, WCLV 104.9 FM, will broadcast the last two rounds of the competition live via radio and the web. In northeast Ohio, tune in to 104.9 FM. Online you can hear their broadcast at

  • July 29 at 7 p.m. Recital Finals, Warner Concert Hall
  • July 31 at 8 p.m. Concerto Finals with The Cleveland Orchestra, Severance Hall

About the Competition

The 2015 Cooper International Competition for Violin will take place July 23–31, 2015. Twenty-four of the most talented violinists, selected by DVD audition from all corners of the globe, will gather in Oberlin, Ohio, for an intense week of joyous music-making, listening, and learning. It is our expectation that friendships begun here will last a lifetime.

Registration will take place Thursday, July 23; the Concerto Finals are Friday July 31; and the departure date is Saturday, August 1.

The competition will include three rounds with piano accompaniment held in beautiful Warner Concert Hall at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. The Semifinal Recital round will occur over three days, from Saturday, July 25 through Monday, July 27. Ten participants will advance to the Concerto Semifinal round on Tuesday, July 28, and will perform their complete concerti with piano. Six violinists will advance to the Recital Final Round on Wednesday, July 29, which will be broadcast live to the Northeast Ohio region on WCLV 104.9 FM. At the conclusion of that round, the fourth–, fifth–, and sixth-place prizes of $1,000 each, and the Audience Prize of $500 will be presented.

On Thursday July 30, an Honors Recital will showcase performances the jury deems the most outstanding from the semifinal rounds.

In addition to these concert events, jury members will hold public master classes from Tuesday through Friday. Jury members will also be available for private lessons on those days.

On Friday, July 31, three violinists will perform complete concerti with The Cleveland Orchestra at Severance Hall in Cleveland, Ohio. Prizes to be awarded that evening include $10,000 for first place, $6,000 for second place, and $3,000 for third place. The top three contestants will also be eligible for a full tuition scholarship to the Oberlin Conservatory of Music.

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