17th February 19:30 £25
'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'
BEETHOVEN Bagatelles op 126
HAYDN Sonata in Eb major Hob XVI/52
HAYDN Variations in f minor
JULIAN ANDERSON She Hears (movement one from ‘Sensation’)
LISZT Bagatelle sans tonalitė S216a
BEETHOVEN Eroica Variations
Regarded as one of the finest interpreters of Classical and Romantic repertoire, Imogen Cooper is internationally renowned for her virtuosity and lyricism. During the 2016/17 season she will perform with the Berliner Philharmoniker and Sir Simon Rattle, Sydney Symphony with Simone Young and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra with Thomas Dausgaard. Solo recitals will include Boston, London and Australia. Last season, she appeared with the London Symphony Orchestra and Bernard Haitink, Seattle Symphony and Kioi Sinfonietta in Japan, as well as performing recitals in New York, Philadelphia and Paris.
Imogen Cooper has a widespread international career and has appeared with the New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia, Boston, Cleveland, 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. Her recital appearances have included Tokyo, Hong Kong, Singapore, Vienna, Prague, the Schubertiade in Schwarzenberg and an extensive tour in Australia.
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 the following year. In 1997 she was awarded an Honorary Membership of the Royal Academy of Music and in 1999 she was made a Doctor of Music at Exeter University. Imogen Cooper was the Humanitas Visiting Professor in Classical Music and Music Education at the University of Oxford for 2012-13. 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.