Imogen Cooper In-depth Biography
Imogen Cooper} is a highly respected English pianist, especially known for her Mozart} performances and recordings.
Her early piano studies were so promising that at the age of 12 she was sent to the Paris Conservatoire to study with Jacques Février} and Yvonne Lefébure}. While there, she won a First Prize in piano. After graduation, she continued her studies in Vienna with Alfred Brendel}, Paul Badura-Sckoda}, and Jörg Demus}. After returning to London, she won the 1969 Mozart Memorial Prize.
She maintains a career as a solo recitalist, as a vocal accompanist, as a chamber} player, and as a soloist with orchestra. She performed extensively in Europe, North America, Australia, and Japan. Her most frequent voice recital partner is Wolfgang Holzmair}, with whom she has recorded the major Schubert} Lieder} cycles Schwanengesang}, Winterreise}, and Schöne Müllerin} on Philips}. She recorded Schubert}'s piano trios} with Raphael Oleg} and Sonia Wieder-Atherton} (BMG} France) and Schubert}'s late piano works (Ottavo}). She has recorded several of the Mozart} piano concertos} to high acclaim, and maintains most of the mature ones (from No. 9 onwards) and the five Beethoven} concertos} in her active repertoire, plus the Chopin} concertos}, the Ravel} G major}, the Schumann}, and the Bartok} Third}.
Her first concerto} performance with the Boston Symphony Orchestra} resulted in an immediate re-invitation to play with that orchestra under Seiji Ozawa} in a Carnegie Hall} concert. She also frequently appears with the New York Philharmonic}, the London Symphony}, London Philharmonic}, Philharmonia}, the Stockholm Chamber Orchestra}, NHK Symphony Orchestra} of Japan, the Dresden Staatskapelle}, and Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra}. She is a participant in the Harrods International Piano Series, which takes her to major recital venues in Europe.
In 1996 she joined a chamber} group comprised of members of the Berlin Philharmonic} to give the premiere of a piano quintet}, Voices of Angels}, written by Brett Dean} (the group's violist). She commissioned a solo work, Traced Overhead}, by the rapidly rising young British composer Thomas Adès}, which she premiered in 1996. ~ Joseph Stevenson, All Music Guide