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.
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Schubert: A-minor Sonata, D. 845
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
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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, Cleveland Orchestra with Dame Jane Glover, the Hallé Orchestra with Sir Mark Elder, the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra with Ryan Wigglesworth and the Aurora Orchestra with Nicholas Collon. Her solo recitals this season include performances at the Klavierfest Ruhr in Germany, Schubertiada in Spain, Stockholm, London and Montreal. In September 2021 Imogen was the Chair of the Jury at the Leeds International Piano Competition.
Imogen has a widespread international career and has appeared with the New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia, Boston, Berliner Philharmoniker, 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 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, New York, Singapore, Paris, Vienna, Prague and the Schubertiade in Schwarzenberg.
As a supporter of new music, Imogen 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 is a committed chamber musician and performs regularly with Henning Kraggerud and Adrian Brendel. 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 recent recordings for Chandos Records feature music by French and Spanish composers, Beethoven, Liszt and Wagner.
She received a DBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours in 2021. The honour adds to Imogen’s many awards and accolades, including the Queen’s Medal for Music (2019), Royal Philharmonic Society Performers Award (2008), Commander of the Order of the British Empire (2007), Doctor of Music at Exeter University (1999) and Honorary Membership of the Royal Academy of Music (1997). Imogen was the Humanitas Visiting Professor in Classical Music and Music Education at the University of Oxford for 2013. 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.