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Imogen Cooper
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 2004/05 season Imogen Cooper’s performances included the Musikkollegium Winterthur, Neurnberg Opera, Athens Camerata, Music of the Baroque (Chicago) and Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestras. She will also continue her long-term project of play/directing Mozart Concerti with the Northern Sinfonia and give solo recitals in London, Southampton and Oxford. In future seasons Imogen Cooper will appear with the NHK Symphony Orchestra/Bamert, the Budapest Festival Orchestra/Fischer, give a recital in London, as part of the International Piano Series and make her debut solo recital at Carnegie Hall in New York. She will also return to the Boston Symphony Orchestra for four concerts with Sir Colin Davis.

Imogen Cooper performs extensively abroad and last season made her debut with the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra and Trevor Pinnock, appeared with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and undertook a major tour with the Australian Chamber Orchestra. In recent seasons she has also appeared with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra with Sir Colin Davis and the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra with Sir Simon Rattle.

Imogen Cooper has played with all the major British orchestras including the Philharmonia with Christoph Eschenbach and the London Phiharmonic Orchestra with Mark Elder at the BBC Proms. Elsewhere she has performed with the NHK Symphony Orchestra and Herbert Blomstedt, Dresden Staatskapelle, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and tours with the Camerata Salzburg and Orpheus Chamber Orchestras. Imogen Cooper has given recitals in Rotterdam, Prague, Washington, Philadelphia, and at London’s Wigmore and Queen Elizabeth Halls. In the 2001/02 season she was the International Artist in Residence at the Bath Festival.

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). As a committed chamber music player, 1996 also marked the advent of a chamber group formed by members of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, with whom she gave the first performance of a quintet, Voices of Angels, written by the ensemble’s viola player, Brett Dean. The group performed in Paris at the Cité de la Musique in Spring 1999.

As a Lieder recitalist, Imogen Cooper collaborates regularly with Wolfgang Holzmair, in what has been hailed as ‘one of the greatest living partnerships in song’ (The Times, March 2002). They have performed recitals in major venues including Vienna, Paris, London and Frankfurt, and have worked together in a Mozart-Schubert-Mahler project with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra. For Philips Classics they have recorded Schubert’s Schwanengesang, Winterreise, Die schöne Müllerin, a selection of Lieder and songs by Haydn and Mozart and Beethoven (An die ferne Geliebte), and Schumann’s Heine Lieder. Their disc of songs by Clara Schumann and Robert Schumann’s Kerner Lieder was shortlisted for the Gramophone Awards in 2002, and their most recent release is a disc of Lieder based on settings of the poems of Eichendorff. Imogen Cooper also performs frequently with the cellist Sonia Wieder-Atherton, and their latest recording is a disc with works by Rachmaninov, Fauré and Franck on BMG France. Her solo discography includes six CDs of the piano works of Schubert’s last six years, for Ottavo recordings. Philips have recently released a CD box set entitled “Imogen Cooper and Friends” encompassing solo, chamber and lieder works.



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