Gary Cooper (Photo: Martin Tothill)
Gary studied organ and harpsichord at Chetham's School of Music, the John Loosemore Centre, and was an organ scholar at New College, Oxford. Between 1992 & 2000, he was a member of the highly-acclaimed baroque ensemble Sonnerie, with whom he performed regularly throughout Europe and the United States, and recorded frequently on both disc and radio. Gary predominantly makes appearances as soloist, director, accompanist, and chamber musician. He also performs regularly with ensembles such as The King's Consort and Concordia.

Recent engagements have included making his solo Wigmore Hall debut performing Bach's complete Well-Tempered Clavier, and also the Goldberg Variations at the Spitalfields Festival, the Snape Maltings, the Holywell Music Rooms in Oxford, and throughout the UK; recitals at the Halle International Handel Festival, the Norfolk & Norwich Festival, Fenton House and Finchcocks; performances of Bach Harpsichord Concertos at the Ansbach Bach Festival, the WDR Herne Festival, the Vantaa Baroque Festival, the Nordic Baroque Festival, the Spitalfields Festival, and in Amsterdam, Madrid and Santiago; conducting performances of Rameau's tragédie-lyrique Hippolyte e Aricie with the Yorke Trust, and at the RNCM; directing the Portland Baroque Orchestra in the USA, the Britten Pears Baroque Orchestra, the Bach Players at the Berlin Bachtage, Florilegium Baroque Orchestra, and performances of both Haydn's Creation and Handel's Messiah; and accompanying in recitals, and on radio, the counter-tenor James Bowman, the soprano Carolyn Sampson, and the baritone Thomas Guthrie.

During the 2001 season he will be giving recitals in Japan and Germany; directing ensembles in both Canada and Colombia; performing with baroque violinist, Andrew Manze; recording & releasing Book II of Bach's Well-Tempered Clavier; and conducting Handel's Acis & Galatea and Britten's Albert Herring for Kent Opera, as well as performance's of Handel's Julius Caesar and Tamerlano. Recent CD releases include a disc of Mozart's Piano Quartets, with Sonnerie, and Book I of Bach's Well-Tempered Clavier (both for ASV) - both having already met with critical acclaim, the latter including No.1 choice,"CDs of the Year" in the Sunday Times.

Gary is musical director of The New Chamber Opera and The Band of the Instruments, whose past productions have included Britten's Turn of the Screw, Handel's Xerxes, Cimarosa's Il matrimonio segreto and Mozart's Così fan tutte. Forthcoming recordings with ASV include a project to record Vivaldi's complete Cantatas, and Charpentier's complete stage works composed for the Comédie-Française; the Band of Instruments is currently early music ensemble-in-residence at Oxford University. Gary was recently appointed musical director of Kent Opera.
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