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Internationally-Acclaimed Pianist Imogen Cooper Returns November 3

October 20, 2016

Concert to Include Works by Beethoven, Schumann, Debussy, and More

pianist Imogen Cooper performingMiddlebury, VT—Recognized worldwide for her virtuosity and poetic poise, pianist Imogen Cooper has established a reputation as one of the finest performers of the classical repertoire. The Guardian of London described a recent performance as “playing of the greatest intelligence and musical integrity.” She will return to Middlebury College’s Performing Arts Series on Thursday, November 3 to perform Beethoven’s Bagatelles, Op. 33; Schumann’s Davidsbündlertänze, Op. 6; and selected works by de Falla, Debussy, and Albeniz. She last performed here in October 2013.

“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.”—Daily Telegraph

pianist Imogen Cooper relaxing in a chairThe 2016–17 season will take Imogen Cooper to performances 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.

Cooper has a widespread international career and has appeared with the New York, Philadelphia, Boston, Cleveland, and Vienna Philharmonics; the Royal Concertgebouw, Leipzig Gewandhaus, and Budapest Festival Orchestra. She has had particularly close relationships with the Royal Northern Sinfonia and Britten Sinfonia, both playing and directing. As a supporter of new music, she has premiered two works at the Cheltenham International Festival: “Traced Overhead” by Thomas Adès (1996) and “Decorated Skin” by Deirdre Gribbin (2003).

pianist Imogen CooperCooper is a committed chamber musician and has performed regularly with the Belcea Quartet (an ensemble also featured on this year’s Middlebury College Performing Arts Series) and cellist Sonia Wieder-Atherton. As a Lieder recitalist, she has had a long collaboration with Austrian baritone 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, released under the label “Schubert Live.” Her recent recordings for Chandos Records feature music by Brahms, Chopin, and Robert and Clara Schumann.

Cooper has been decorated with many prestigious musical awards. 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. She received a CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) in the Queen’s New Year Honours in 2007, and was the recipient of an award from the Royal Philharmonic Society the following year. 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 2016, to support young pianists at the cusp of their careers, and give them time in an environment of peace and beauty.

pianist Imogen Cooper looks out a doorThis concert is the 4th event of the Middlebury College Performing Arts Series’ 97th season, and is part of the Nelson Chamber Music Series. Concertgoers are invited to a pre-concert lecture by Middlebury Professor of Music Greg Vitercik, exploring the music and composers in Cooper’s concert program.

The concert by Imogen Cooper will take place on Thursday, November 3, 2016, at 7:30 P.M., in the Kevin P. Mahaney ’84 Center for the Arts’ Robison Hall. Professor Vitercik’s pre-concert talk will begin at 6:30 P.M. in Room 125. The Mahaney Center is located on the campus of Middlebury College, at 72 Porter Field Road, just off Route 30 south/S. Main Street. Free parking is available curbside on Route 30 or in the Center for the Arts parking lot, in rows marked faculty/staff/visitors. 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. For more information, or to purchase tickets, call (802) 443-MIDD (6433) or go to http://www.middlebury.edu/arts.

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Photo credits:

(top left) Pianist Imogen Cooper performs at the Mahaney Center for the Arts November 3; photo Shinji Takehara

(all other photos) Pianist Imogen Cooper performs at the Mahaney Center for the Arts November 3; photo Sussie Ahlburg

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