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Six Finalists Perform Tonight in the Recital Finals Round of the 2011 Cooper International Violin Competition

Aug. 17, 2011

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Six finalists front row from L: Kanagawa, Haralampieva, Talim, Park. Front row from R: Switala, Huang. Photo: Mika Johnson

After two rounds of intense competition, the judges of the 2011 Cooper International Violin Competition have announced the six young musicians that will advance to the Recital Finals Round on Wednesday, August 17. They are, in alphabetical order: Gergana Haralampieva, 17, from Bulgaria; Sirena Huang, 17, from South Windsor, Conn.; Mayumi Kanagawa, 16, from Japan; Laura Park, 17, from Des Plaines, IL; Alexandra Switala, 17, from Grapevine, TX; and Kelly Talim, 15, from Japan.

Each of the six will perform a 30-minute solo recital, with piano accompaniment, their program chosen from their repertoire by the competition judges. The concert will take place at 7:00 p.m. in Warner Hall at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and be broadcast live on WCLV 104.9-FM, hosted by Robert Conrad, president of WCLV.

The top three finalists to emerge from that round will advance to the Concerto Finals Round, where they will perform a full concerto with The Cleveland Orchestra, with Jahja Ling conducting, in Severance Hall on Friday, August 19 at 8:00 p.m. The first-prize winner will take home $10,000, one of the largest awards offered by an international youth competition, and will also receive concert engagements with orchestras in Beijing and Shanghai, China. In addition, the top three finalists will be awarded full, four-year scholarships to the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, pending admission, that are valued at more than $150,000 each. The second-prize winner will receive $6,000; the cash award for the third-prize winner is $3,000.

The Recital Finals Round is free and open to the public. Tickets for the Severance Hall finals can be ordered by calling 1-800-686-1141. For more information on the Cooper International Competition, please visit

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