Dame Imogen Cooper - piano
Sunday, April 14th 2024 @ 7.30 pm
JS Bach - Nun freut euch, lieben Christen g'mein (arr Kempff)
JS Bach - Nun komm den Heiden Heiland (arr Busoni)
Adès - Darknesse Visible
Beethoven - Sonata Op. 110 in A flat maj
Schubert - Sonata D840 'Reliquie'
Schubert - Four Impromptus D899
'Imogen Cooper is one of the greatest musicians England has produced. She's utterly without show. Mozart, Schumann and Schubert could have been written for her. There's a poetic, reflective side to her which is always there in her playing. It isn't Imogen's style to play to the gallery. She's not someone who goes in for fireworks in the rafters. But I can bet you that if I were to ask any orchestral musicians who they rate as one of the best Mozart pianists, three out of four of them will come up with Imogen's name first time around. Orchestral musicians are the toughest critics.' - Sir Simon Rattle.
Regarded as one of the finest interpreters of Classical and Romantic repertoire, Imogen Cooper is internationally renowned for her virtuosity and lyricism. Recent and future concerto performances include the London Symphony Orchestra with Sir Simon Rattle, Cleveland Orchestra with Dame Jane Glover, the Hallé Orchestra with Sir Mark Elder, the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra with Ryan Wigglesworth and the Aurora Orchestra with Nicholas Collon. Her solo recitals this season include performances in London, Paris, Vienna, Toronto and Philadelphia.
Imogen has a widespread international career and has appeared with the New York Philharmonic, Berliner Philharmoniker, Vienna Philharmonic, Royal Concertgebouw, Budapest Festival and NHK Symphony 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, play/directing.
Imogen is a committed chamber musician and performs regularly with Henning Kraggerud and Adrian Brendel. As a Lieder recitalist, she performs with Ian Bostridge, Sarah Connolly, Henk Neven and Mark Padmore; following a long collaboration with Wolfgang Holzmair in both the concert hall and recording studio. Imogen’s recent solo recordings for Chandos Records feature music by French and Spanish composers, Beethoven, Liszt and Wagner. Her discography also includes Mozart Concertos with the Royal Northern Sinfonia (Avie) and a cycle of solo works by Schubert recorded live and released under the label ‘Schubert Live’.
She received a DBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours in 2021. 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.