Epic Recital Program Features Schubert’s Last Three Piano Sonatas
Middlebury, VT—Recognized worldwide as a pianist of virtuosity and poetic poise, Imogen Cooper has established a reputation as one of the finest performers of the classical repertoire. She will come to Middlebury College on Thursday, October 10 to perform a monumental program of works by Franz Schubert, the Austrian composer whose works have become Cooper’s specialty. “Imogen Cooper has shown herself to be one of the interpretative élite… and one of the finest Schubertians in the world”—International Record Review.
Cooper’s distinguished career finds her performing in the world’s great concert halls and alongside renowned orchestras. This season alone, she will perform concertos with the London Symphony Orchestra and the Cleveland Orchestra, and solo recitals in the USA, the Netherlands, and the UK, including the completion of a cycle of Schubert’s solo works at the Wigmore Hall in London. Cooper is celebrating British composer Benjamin Britten’s centenary year by performing two of his song cycles with vocalist Christianne Stotijn, who will also perform on the Middlebury College Performing Arts Series on April 16, 2014. One of the collaborative Britten concerts was featured in the BBC Prom, the world’s largest classical music festival. Cooper’s second appearance at the Prom this year included a Schubert recital in the Royal Albert Hall, a solo sonata, and the Grand Duo with pianist Paul Lewis (another Middlebury Performing Arts Series favorite).
Cooper has a widespread international career and has appeared with the New York Philharmonic, Vienna Philharmonic, Royal Concertgebouw, Leipzig Gewandhaus, London Symphony, and NHK Symphony Orchestras. She has had particularly close relationships with the Royal Northern Sinfonia and Britten Sinfonia, both playing and directing. Her recitals have taken her to New York, Tokyo, Paris, Vienna, Prague, and London. As a supporter of new music, Cooper has premiered two works at the Cheltenham International Festival: “Traced Overhead” by Thomas Adès (1996) and “Decorated Skin” by Deirdre Gribbin (2003).
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 first recording for Chandos Records features music by Brahms and Schumann.
Cooper has been decorated with many prestigious musical awards throughout her career. She 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. Cooper was the Humanitas Visiting Professor in Classical Music and Music Education at the University of Oxford for 2012-13.
The Middlebury College Performing Arts Series concert by Cooper will take place on Thursday, October 10, 2013, at 7:00 P.M., in the Concert Hall of the College’s Mahaney Center for the Arts. Please note: Due to the extended nature of this program, please note the early start time; complimentary refreshments will be served during the two intermissions. Tickets are $25 for the general public; $20 for Middlebury College faculty, staff, alumni, emeriti, and other ID card holders; and $6 for Middlebury College students. Patrons are also invited to enjoy the pre-performance dinner, “Dinner and Conversation with Friends,” at 6:00 P.M. in the lower lobby of the Mahaney Center; dinner tickets are $25. For more information, call (802) 443-MIDD (6433) or go to http://go.middlebury.edu/arts.
top photo: Imogen Cooper, photo Benjamin Ealovega
all others: Imogen Cooper, photo Sussie Ahlburg