Imogen Cooper, piano
Union College


Sunday, March 20, 2022 - 3:00 PM

Stepping in for Rafal Blechacz, we are thrilled to present this eminent British pianist before she plays with the Cleveland Orchestra. Making her series debut, Cooper is world-renowned for her breathtaking, understated technique supporting a wondrously poetic sensibility.


Schubert: A-minor Sonata, D. 845
Ravel: Sonatine
Liszt: Les jeux d’eaux a la villa d’Este
Ravel: Jeux d’eau
Ravel: Valses nobles et sentimentales
Liszt: Hungarian Rhapsody No. 13 in A Minor

Union College
Memorial Chapel
Schenectady, NY

General Admission seating – doors open 45 minutes before concert.
All kids and college students admitted free at door.

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Regarded as one of the finest interpreters of Classical and Romantic repertoire, Imogen Cooper is internationally renowned for her virtuosity and lyricism. Recent and future concerto performances include the London Symphony Orchestra with Sir Simon Rattle, the Hallé Orchestra with Sir Mark Elder and the Cleveland and Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestras with Dame Jane Glover. Her solo recitals this season include performances in London, New York and Washington DC.

Imogen has a widespread international career and has appeared with the New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia, Boston, Berliner Philharmoniker, Vienna Philharmonic, Royal Concertgebouw, Leipzig Gewandhaus, Dresden Staatskapelle, Budapest Festival and NHK Symphony Orchestras. She has played at the BBC Proms and 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, Hong Kong, Philadelphia, Montreal, Prague, Paris, Vienna, the Schubertiade in Schwarzenberg and Klavierfest Ruhr in Germany.

As a committed chamber musician Imogen performs regularly with Henning Kraggerud and Adrian Brendel. Following a long collaboration with Wolfgang Holzmair in both the concert hall and recording studio, her Lieder partners now include Ian Bostridge, Sarah Connolly and Mark Padmore. Imogen’s recent solo recordings for Chandos Records feature music by French and Spanish composers, Beethoven, Liszt and Respighi. Her discography also includes Mozart Concertos with the Royal Northern Sinfonia and a cycle of solo works by Schubert performed in recital and released under the label ‘Schubert Live’.

Imogen received a DBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours in 2021. The honour adds to her many awards and accolades, including the Queen’s Medal for Music (2019), Royal Philharmonic Society Performers Award (2008) and Doctor of Music at Exeter University (1999). The Imogen Cooper Music Trust was founded in 2015, to support young pianists at the cusp of their careers and give them time in an environment of peace and beauty. Imogen was the Chair of the Jury at the Leeds International Piano Competition in 2021, a role which she will resume in 2024.