Imogen Cooper

Imogen Cooper is an eminent British pianist born in 1949 in London. The Daily Telegraph praised her by saying ‘One of the finest pianists now playing. Go, listen and wonder how many better pianists there are alive in this country, or anywhere’. Imogen Cooper is internationally recognized for her virtuosity and poetic poise and one of the finest interpreters of the classical repertoire.

Cooper studied piano in both London and Vienna and is especially well-known for her interpretations of the composers Schubert and Schumann. Besides her performances of early music, Imogen has also been involved in modern music. Imogen Cooper has received a CBE in the Queen’s New Year Honours in 2007 and received an award from the Royal Philharmonic Society the next year. She’s been awarded with an Honorary Membership of the Royal Academy of Music and she was made a Doctor of Music at Exeter University. Imogen Cooper was the Humanitas Visiting Professor in Classical Music and Music Education at the University of Oxford.


One of the finest pianists now playing

Cooper has had a widespread international career and has performed with many prestigious orchestras such as New York Philharmonic, Vienna Philharmonic, Royal Concertgebouw, Leipzig Gewandhaus, Budapest Festival and NHK Symphony Orchestras. She has also toured with the Camerata Salzburg, Australian and Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. Ms. Cooper has performed with all the major British orchestras and has specifically close relationships with Royal Northern Sinfonia and Britten Sinfonia. Her international recital performances took place in New York, Tokyo, Paris, Vienna, Prague, London and at the Schubertiade in Schwarzenberg.

Imogen Cooper is a devoted chamber musician and performs often with the Belcea Quartet and cellist Sonia Wieder-Atherton. As a Lieder recitalist, she regularly works closely with Wolfgang Holzmair in both the concert hall and recording studio. Her discography also includes Mozart Concertos with the Royal Northern Sinfonia (Avie), a solo recital at the Wigmore Hall (Wigmore Live) and a cycle of solo works by Schubert recorded live and released under the label ‘Schubert Live’. Her first recording for Chandos Records features music by Brahms and Schumann.

The greatest myth about being a classical musician is that you put on a pretty dress and do what you love to great acclaim, swathed in glamour. It's blood, sweat and tears.

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