Elegant, experienced, and brilliant, are words to describe pianist Jane Coop who takes her art form to a higher stratum. Renowned for her appealing performance style, she is considered Canada's premier Mozart interpreter by The Calgary Herald, and has consistently been praised for her capacity to graciously carry the sensitivity and spirit of the music she plays, right to her listeners.
Jane has worked with prominent conductors such as Sir Andrew Davis, John Eliot Gardiner, Rudolf Barshai and with orchestras around the world including the Royal Philharmonic, Seattle and Oregon Symphonies, Hong Kong Philharmonic, National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra, Bavarian Radio Orchestra and most orchestras in Canada. As a respected concerto soloist, recitalist and chamber musician, Ms. Coop has made appearances in eminent halls such as the Bolshoi Hall in St. Petersburg, the Kennedy Center, Alice Tully Hall, Roy Thomson Hall, the Hong Kong Cultural Centre, the Beijing Concert Hall and the Salle Gaveau in Paris. In her own country, she has given concerts in every province as well as Yukon.
Jane has recorded extensively and has garnered multiple JUNO nominations. The latest recording addition, titled A Century of Piano Classics features works by Beethoven, Brahms and Chopin. Jane's growing discography also consists of chamber works recorded with the Satie String Quartet of Paris and the complete Beethoven Piano and Violin Sonatas with esteemed colleague Andrew Dawes.
Ms. Coop's major teachers were Anton Kuerti and Leon Fleisher. Rounding out her significant contribution to Canadian music, Jane served as Professor of Piano and Chamber Music at the University of British Columbia's School of Music for more than three decades. In December 2012, for her years of artistic dedication to this country, Jane Coop was appointed to the Order of Canada.