The Nelson Overture Concerts Society is thrilled to present pianist Jane Coop, at the Capitol Theatre this Sunday, February 2 at 2 p.m.
One of Canada’s most prominent and distinguished artists, Coop grew up in Calgary where she began her musical education with Alexandra Munn and Gladys Egbert. For advanced studies her principal teachers were Anton Kuerti in Toronto and Leon Fleisher in Baltimore.
At the age of 19, Coop won first prize in the CBC’s national radio competition (the Young Performers Competition), and this, along with prizes at New York’s Kosziusko Foundation Competition and the Washington International Competition, launched her career.
She has performed in eminent halls in over 20 countries as well as throughout Canada.
Coop’s love of chamber music has led her to collaborate with artists from many parts of the world and her partnerships have led her to delve into the sonata literature of Beethoven, a body of music to which she feels particularly drawn.
Her commitment to teaching is centered around her long time position at University of BC, where she was a senior professor and head of the piano division. In 2003 she was designated Distinguished University Scholar by the university’s president, and in 2007 she received a Killam Teaching Award. In 1992 she was the founding Artistic Director of the Young Artists’ Experience — a summer chamber music program for students held at UBC each summer.
Coop’s 16 recordings, three of which have been nominated for Juno awards, have been heard on classical radio programs in many countries and her reputation has inspired international competition organizers to invite her to judge their events over the past fifteen years. In December 2012, Coop was appointed to the Order of Canada, our country’s highest honour for lifetime achievement.
At the February 2 matinee, Jane Coop will perform the following: Scarlatti, Sonata in C Major, K.46, Sonata in F Minor, K.466, Sonata in G Major, K.427 and Sonata in C Minor, L.22, Beethoven, Sonata in D Major, Op.10 No.3., Brahms, Variations on an Original Theme Op.21, Chopin, Scherzo No.4 in E Major, Op.54 and Rachmaninoff, 2 Etudes Tableaux, Op.39 No. 8 in d minor and Op. 39 No.1 in c minor.
Tickets are available at the Capitol Theatre (250-352-6363/capitoltheatre.bc.ca) and are $14 for students and $24 for adults. Students from schools participating in the NOCS outreach program (South Nelson, L.V. Rogers, Trafalgar, Waldorf, Self Design, Blewett and HomeLinks) can access tickets for free.