Imogen Cooper

Biography

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

Regarded as one of the finest interpreters of Classical and Romantic repertoire, Imogen Cooper is internationally renowned for her virtuosity and lyricism. During the 2015/16 season she will appear with the London Symphony Orchestra and Bernard Haitink, Seattle Symphony and Kioi Sinfonietta in Japan, as well as performing recitals in New York, Philadelphia, Paris and London. Last season concerto performances included the Ravel G major Concerto with the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and Beethoven Piano Concerto No 2 with the Philadelphia Orchestra (play/direct). Towards the end of the season Imogen travelled to the Far East, to play solo recitals in Hong Kong, Seoul and Singapore.

Imogen Cooper has a widespread international career and has appeared with the New York Philharmonic, Cleveland, 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. She has played with all the major British orchestras, including particularly close relationships with the Royal Northern Sinfonia and Britten Sinfonia, play/directing. Her recital appearances have included Tokyo, Vienna, Prague the Schubertiade in Schwarzenberg 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.

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 has performed 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 three recordings for Chandos Records feature music by Brahms and Robert and Clara 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.