harpsichord / fortepiano
Gary Cooper studied at Chetham’s School of Music and at New College, Oxford. He is now established as one of the foremost ambassadors of the harpsichord and fortepiano – in particular, as an interpreter of Bach’s & Mozart’s keyboard music – and as a director of period performances in concert and opera performing across Europe, N. America & Asia.
Adding to an extensive discography, including an award-winning CD of Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier, solo recording projects with Channel Classics range from Bach’s complete Keyboard Concerti and the Goldberg Variations, to Mozart’s and Haydn’s Piano Variations and Beethoven’s Diabelli Variations & late Bagatelles, all on original keyboards of the period. He has recorded Schubert’s Die Winterreise for Linn Records with baritone Peter Harvey; Haydn Symphonies with ensemble Arion for the Canadian label Early~Music.Com; Bach’s Keyboard concerti with B’Rock, and, most recently for Channel Classics, the late piano works of Haydn – “Recommended without reservations!”.
He has a duo partnership with baroque violinist Rachel Podger which has taken them worldwide. They have recorded the Complete Sonatas for Keyboard & Violin by Mozart receiving countless awards and accolades, including multiple Diapason d’Or and Gramophone Editor’s Choices.
Recent operas includes Handel’s Alcina and Mozart’s Die Entführung aus dem Seraglio ; a new production of Handel’s Orlando at Sadler’s Wells Theatre, London, and opera in Belgium and Germany. He directs the Irish Baroque Orchestra, the Akademie für Alte Musik, Arion in Montreal, and the Belgian period instrument ensemble, B’Rock. Gary appears at major festivals across Europe such as the Flanders, Bruges, Utrecht, Potsdam and Innsbruck and throughout the UK.