Artistic Director & Conductor
Mr. Cooper was born in Wellington, New Zealand,
the son of a professional opera singer.
He sang and acted in his first opera at age four,
and studied piano and music theory prior to college.
After completing his degree in Pure Mathematics
at the University of Auckland, his performing career took him
to the major concert halls of the world from Beijing to London.
Following a performance at the Henry A. Wood Promenade Concerts
at the Royal Albert Hall under conductor Claudio Abbado,
Mr. Cooper was invited by Maestro Abbado to join
the orchestra of La Scala as solo trumpet.
Instead, Mr. Cooper accepted a fellowship from
the Queen Elizabeth II Arts Council for study
with Gerard Schwarz in the United States.
This, in turn, led to performances in New York 's Carnegie Hall
and at Tanglewood under Arthur Fiedler, where he also performed
as principal trumpet under conductors Leonard Bernstein,
Seiji Ozawa, and Sir Neville Marriner, among others.
(For a more extensive background history, Click on Photo below)