Gary Cooper (Harpsichord)

Gary Cooper

Gary Cooper 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.

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.