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 Bernhardsson, Radu Blidar, Yi Huang, Marilyn McDonald, Naoko 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.