Sunday, March 4, 2018 - 3:00 PM
BEETHOVEN Six Bagatelles, Op. 126
HAYDN Sonata in E-flat Major, Hob XVI/52
HAYDN Variations in F minor
JULIAN ANDERSON 'She Hears' (movement 1 from Sensation)
LISZT Bagatelle sans tonalite, S216a
BEETHOVEN Eroica Variations, Op. 35
One of Britain's leading pianists, Imogen Cooper is highly admired for the probing intellect and poetic poise she brings to her art. Her musicianship was developed early on at the Paris Conservatoire with Jacques Fevrier and Yvonne Lefebure, and afterwards in Vienna with Jorg Demus, Paul Badura-Skoda, and Alfred Brendel, her most enduring mentor. Concert tours take her around the world, and last season alone took her to Boston, New York, Seattle, London, Paris, Australia, and Japan. At home, she has played with all the major British orchestras and enjoys particularly close relationships with the Northern Sinfonia and Britten Sinfonia. Among her frequent chamber music collaborations is her lieder work with baritone Wolfgang Holzmair, which has been called "one of the greatest living partnerships in song." She also has performed regularly with the Belcea Quartet and cellist Sonia Wieder-Atherton. In the last decade, through concerts and recordings, Schubert has become her 'signature' composer and brought her important recognition. A champion of new music as well, she has premiered several works, including Traced Overhead by Thomas Ades in 1996. Her many public honors include a 2007 CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) for her services to music and an honorary Doctorate in Music from Exeter University. In 2015, she established The Imogen Cooper Music Trust to mentor exceptionally gifted pianists at the start of their careers at a location of peace and beauty in Spain. Her most recent recordings are of music by Brahms, Robert and Clara Schumann, and Chopin for Chandos. A clear favorite of the Chopin Society, Imogen will be making her fourth visit to the Twin Cities.
"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
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