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Imogen Cooper

“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

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. She has dazzled audiences and orchestras throughout her distinguished career, bringing to the concert platform her unique musical understanding and lyrical quality.

In the 2011/12 season Imogen Cooper’s concerto performances include the Hallé (Mark Elder), Northern Sinfonia (Thierry Fischer) and Music of the Baroque (Jane Glover). Her solo recitals will take her to the Schubertiade in Schwarzenberg, Mainz, Minnesota and the Gilmore International Keyboard Festival. In the autumn, Imogen had an extensive solo recital tour in Japan, including a performance in Tokyo. During 2011, Imogen Cooper performed in three concerts as part of the Mozart Unwrapped series at Kings Place in London.

Last season Imogen Cooper’s performances included the Philadelphia and Royal Scottish National Orchestras. She also joined the Takacs Quartet for performances of Schubert’s Trout Quintet in London, Spain and Germany. During 2008 and 2009 she performed the last 6 years of Schubert’s solo works as part of the International Piano Series in London. These were recorded and released to great critical acclaim under the title ‘Schubert Live’ (Avie).

Imogen Cooper has a widespread international career and has appeared with the New York Philharmonic, Vienna Philharmonic, Gothenburg Symphony, Royal Concertgebouw, Leipzig Gewandhaus, London Symphony 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 Northern Sinfonia and Britten Sinfonia, play/directing. Her recital appearances have included New York, Chicago, Paris, Vienna, Rotterdam, Prague and at London’s Wigmore and Queen Elizabeth Halls.

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 music player and performs regularly with the Belcea Quartet. As a Lieder recitalist, she has had a long collaboration with Wolfgang Holzmair. They have performed recitals in many major venues including Vienna, Paris and London, and have made several recordings for Philips. She also performs frequently with the cellist Sonia Wieder-Atherton, their recordings include a CD set of Brahms Sonatas and Bach (RCA). Wolfgang Holzmair and Sonia Wieder-Atherton both feature in the box set ‘Imogen Cooper and Friends’ encompassing solo, chamber and lieder works (Philips). She has also recorded six Mozart Concertos with the Northern Sinfonia (Avie) and a solo recital at the Wigmore Hall (Wigmore Live).

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 in 2008. In 1999 she was made a Doctor of Music at Exeter University.