Famed Canadian pianist Jane Coop will present a free Bucknell Piano Series concert at Rooke Recital Hall on Tuesday, Nov. 6 at 7:30 p.m. The program will include piano works by Beethoven and Rachmaninoff. She will be on the Bucknell campus for a two-day residency through Nov. 7, sponsored by the Kushell Music Endowment.
Coop is one of Canada’s most prominent and distinguished artists. At the age of 19, she won first prize in the CBC Radio’s national competition and this, along with first prize at the Washington International Competition, launched her career. She has played in over 20 countries in such eminent halls 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 (Paris). Coop is a cherished faculty artist at the Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival. Her commitment to teaching is centred around her long-time position at the University of British Columbia’s School of Music where she was senior professor and head of the piano division for over 30 years. Her 16 CD recordings have garnered glowing reviews and have been heard on classical radio programs in many countries. In 2012, Coop was appointed to the Order of Canada, Canada’s highest honor for lifetime achievement.