Prizes Awarded at Oberlin’s Cooper International Violin Competition

18-year-old Eric Charles Chen from the United States has been awarded 1st prize at the 2019 Thomas & Evon Cooper International Violin Competition

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18-year-old Eric Charles Chen from the United States has been awarded 1st prize at the 2019 Thomas & Evon Cooper International Violin Competition – in Oberlin, Ohio, United States.

A student of 2019 jury member Naoko Tanaka and Cho Liang-Lin at The Juilliard School Pre-College program, Eric will receive US $20,000 – plus a full four-year scholarship to Oberlin Conservatory.

2nd and 3rd prizes were awarded to 14-year-old Shihan Wang from China – and 16-year-old Isabella Brown from the United States.

ERIC CHARLES CHEN & AKIKO CHIBA | 2019 COOPER INTERNATIONAL VIOLIN COMPETITON | RECITAL FINAL ROUND | 1ST-PRIZE | 18-YEARS-OLD

SHIHAN WANG & ALICJA BASINSKA | 2019 COOPER INTERNATIONAL VIOLIN COMPETITON | RECITAL FINAL ROUND | 2ND PRIZE | 14-YEARS-OLD

ISABELLA BROWN & ELIZABETH DEMIO | 2019 COOPER INTERNATIONAL VIOLIN COMPETITON | RECITAL FINAL ROUND | 3RD PRIZE | 16-YEARS-OLD

The 2019 jury comprised: Gregory Fulkerson (Chairman), Sibbi BernhardssonRadu BlidarYi HuangMarilyn McDonaldNaoko Tanaka and Almita Vamos.

“What you heard from Eric was profound instrumental control and rhythmic understanding … he understood the piece wonderfully,” Competition Jury Chair Gregory Fulkerson has said.

Former 1st prize winners include: VC Young Artists Sirena Huang and Johan Dalene.

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