Cleveland, OH — August 20, 2011
Following their performances with Jahja Ling and The Cleveland Orchestra on Friday evening, the judges named the top three prizewinners in the Cooper International Violin Competition. Awards were presented on the stage of Severance Hall by Oberlin Conservatory Dean David H. Stull and Thomas Cooper, a 1978 graduate of Oberlin College and the sponsor of the competition.
First Prize to Sirena Huang (17, South Windsor, CT), for her performance of the Mendelssohn concerto;
Second Prize to Alexandra Switala (17, Grapevine, TX), for her performance of Prokofiev’s second concerto;
Third Prize to Laura Park (17, Des Plaines, IL), for her performance of the Sibelius concerto.
In addition to cash prizes of $10,000, $6,000 and $3,000, all three performers won full, four-year scholarships to the Oberlin Conservatory, pending admissison. Ms. Huang, who won the audience prize for her recital round on Wednesday, will also have the opportunity to perform with orchestras in Shanghai and Beijing.
Judges for the competition included Gregory Fulkerson, Professor of Violin at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and chairman of the jury; David Bowlin, assistant professor of violin at Oberlin and founding member of the International Contemporary Ensemble; David Cerone, former president of the Cleveland Institute of Music; Fan Tao, conductor of the China National Broadcasting Symphony Orchestra; Tong Weidong, director of violin studies at the Central Conservatory Middle School in Beijing; and Milan Vitek, professor of violin at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music.