Biography

Recognized worldwide as a pianist of virtuosity and poetic poise, Imogen Cooper has established a reputation as one of the finest interpreters of the classical repertoire. During the 2014/15 season she will perform the Ravel G major Concerto with the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Beethoven Piano Concerto No 2 with the Philadelphia Orchestra (play/direct) and Music of the Baroque in Chicago and Mozart with the Seattle Symphony (play/direct). Towards the end of the season Imogen will travel to the Far East, to play solo recitals in Hong Kong, Seoul and Singapore.

Last season, Imogen performed with the London Symphony Orchestra and also made her debut with the Cleveland Orchestra. She played many solo recitals in the USA, UK and the Netherlands and an extensive tour to Australia. Following a performance of the Ravel G major concerto in 2012, Imogen played twice at the BBC Proms during 2013, in a Britten chamber concert and a Schubert Recital at the Royal Albert Hall; a solo sonata and the Grand Duo with Paul Lewis.

Imogen Cooper has a widespread international career and has appeared with the New York Philharmonic, Vienna Philharmonic, Royal Concertgebouw, Leipzig Gewandhaus, Budapest Festival and NHK Symphony Orchestras. She has also undertaken tours with the Camerata Salzburg, Australian and Orpheus Chamber Orchestras. Imogen Cooper has played with all the major British orchestras and has particularly close relationships with the Royal Northern Sinfonia and Britten Sinfonia, play/directing. Her recital appearances have included New York, Tokyo, Paris, Vienna, Prague, London and the Schubertiade in Schwarzenberg.

As a supporter of new music, Imogen Cooper has premiered two works at the Cheltenham International Festival; Traced Overhead by Thomas Adès (1996) and Decorated Skin by Deirdre Gribbin (2003). In 1996, she also collaborated with members of the Berliner Philharmoniker in the premiere of the quintet, Voices for Angels, written by the ensemble’s viola player, Brett Dean.

Imogen Cooper is a committed chamber musician and performs regularly with the Belcea Quartet and cellist Sonia Wieder-Atherton. As a Lieder recitalist, she has had a long collaboration 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.

Imogen Cooper received a CBE in the Queen’s New Year Honours in 2007 and was the recipient of an award from the Royal Philharmonic Society the following year. In 1997 she was awarded an Honorary Membership of the Royal Academy of Music and in 1999 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 for 2012-13.

  • Imogen Cooper live at St Judes on the Hill, 2008
    Imogen Cooper live at St-Jude-on-the-Hill, 2008
    photo by Michael Eleftheriades
  • Masterclass with Alexandra Dariescu at Valloires Festival, 2007
    Masterclass with Alexandra Dariescu at Valloires Festival, 2007
    photo by
    Francoise Clerc
  • Alfred Brendel, Imogen Cooper, Volker Straus, Neville Marriner, Mike Oldham 1977
    Alfred Brendel, Imogen Cooper, Volker Straus, Neville Marriner, Mike Oldham at playback of Mozart Double Concerto with Academy of St Martin in the Fields, 1977
    photo by
    Mike Evans
  • Recording sessions, London, 1988
    Recording sessions
    London, 1988
    photo by
    John Batten
  • Imogen Cooper live in Toyko
    Imogen Cooper live in Tokyo
    photo by
    Shinji Takehara
  • Imogen Cooper portrait
    Imogen Cooper
    portrait
    photo by
    John Batten
  • Imogen Cooper silent
    Imogen Cooper
    silent
    photo by
    John Batten
  • Imogen Cooper as child
    Imogen Cooper…
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She is an outstanding artist, one of the finest pianists now playing. Go, listen, and wonder how many better pianists there are alive in this country, or anywhere.
Daily Telegraph