Schubert. Piano sonata in A minor D845
Liszt. Les jeux d'eaux à la villa d'Este
Ravel. Jeux d'eau
Ravel. Valses nobles et sentimentales
Liszt. Hungarian Rhapsody No. 13 in A minor
About Imogen Cooper
‘Imogen 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
Imogen Cooper is a one of the greatest living pianists and we are very fortunate to be able to hear her in Norwich. She is a distinguished pupil of Jacques Février, Yvonne Lefébure and later Alfred Brendel.
She received a DBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours in 2021. The honour adds to Imogen’s many awards and accolades, including the Queen’s Medal for Music (2019), Royal Philharmonic Society Performers Award (2008), Commander of the Order of the British Empire (2007), Doctor of Music at Exeter University (1999) and Honorary Membership of the Royal Academy of Music (1997). Imogen was the Humanitas Visiting Professor in Classical Music and Music Education at the University of Oxford for 2013. 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.
Links to Imogen’s lecture, performance and interview are below:
Imogen Cooper gives a lecture on 'The Hidden Power of the Re-creative Process in Music' as part of her Humanitas Visiting Professorship in Classical Music and Music Education at the University of Oxford May 2013.
Imogen Cooper’s wonderful 70th Birthday concert at the Wigmore Hall (three last Schubert piano sonatas).
Interview with Imogen Cooper “To my younger self”
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This concert is given in memory of Nigel and Eileen Bumphrey, who were loyal and devoted supporters of Norwich Chamber Music over many years.