Posted on January 21, 2014 by Christopher Thrall

One of Canada’s most prominent and distinguished artists will perform on Thursday, January 30th at 7:30 pm.

Pianist Jane Coop, Recipient of the Order of Canada and an Internationally Renowned Award-winning Recording Artist, Performs at Augustana!

Coop Jane (photo Alex Waterhouse-Hayward)Pianist Jane Coop, one of Canada’s most prominent and distinguished artists, arrives in Camrose January 29th to present a masterclass at Augustana Campus (Chapel) from 7-9 pm (participants include the Augustana Bachelor of Music piano performance majors). The masterclass will be followed by a solo recital featuring Ms. Coop on Thursday, January 30th at 7:30 pm, also at the Augustana Chapel.

Jane Coop is a Juno-nominated, multiple awarding-winning, world-renowned recording artist and recipient of the Order of Canada—our country’s highest honour for lifetime achievement. Opportunities to experience the performances of artists of this stature are slim in centers the size of Camrose. Her biography below reveals the many other reasons why her performance is not to be missed!

Jane Coop was born in Saint John, New Brunswick and grew up in Calgary, Alberta, where she began her musical education. She continued advanced studies in Toronto and then Baltimore, winning first prize in the CBC’s Young Performers Competition at the age of nineteen, followed by prizes at New York’s Kosziusko Foundation Competition and the Washington International Competition.

These successes launched her career and in the early years she made recital debuts at Wigmore Hall and Carnegie Recital Hall, as well as giving performances with the Toronto Symphony, the Calgary Philharmonic, the Victoria Symphony and the CBC Vancouver Orchestra. Since then she has toured the New England states as soloist with Mario Bernardi and the National Arts Centre Orchestra of Canada, and has played in over twenty countries. Jane has graced the stages of 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). Within Canada she has given concerts from north to south and east to west: from Niagara Falls (ON) to Whitehorse (Yukon); and from St. John’s (Nfld) to Tofino (BC)—and countless locations in between. She is, in fact, one of the few major classical artists who has remained resident in Canada throughout her career.

Ms. Coop’s love of chamber music has led her to collaborate with artists from many parts of the world. Summer festivals in North America and Europe have provided venues for performances with the Manhattan, Miami, Audubon, Orford, Lafayette, Colorado, Seattle, Angeles and Pacifica String Quartets, as well as the Los Angeles Chamber Winds, York Winds, and such luminaries as Barry Tuckwell, Jamie Somerville, Martin Beaver, Jeanne Baxtrasser and Michelle Zukovsky. Jane is a cherished faculty artist at the Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival, the oldest chamber festival in North America. There she collaborates in performances of much of the chamber music literature for piano and strings, and coaches brilliant young musicians from across the continent.

Ms. Coop is Senior Professor and Head of the Piano Division at the University of British Columbia’s School of Music, where she was designated Distinguished University Scholar by the university’s president, and where she has received a Killam Teaching Award. Her commitment to teaching is exemplified in her work at UBC and through other avenues. For example, she is the founding Artistic Director of the Young Artists’ Experience—a summer chamber music program for students from the ages of 14 through 18. The program’s mandate is to give the young people a wide exposure to art and life, thus offering in the daily schedule yoga, composition, poetry, philosophy and visual art as well as music.

Jane Coop’s reputation has inspired international competition organizers to invite her to judge their events over the past fifteen years: she had served as an adjudicator at the Kapell (Maryland), Dublin AXA, Washington (DC), Hilton Head, Honens (Calgary) and the New York Piano Competition. She has also been a jury member for the Governor General’s Performing Arts Awards, the Glenn Gould Prize, the Hnatyshyn Foundation Developing Artists Grants and various Canada Council grant awards. Her sixteen recordings, three of which have been nominated for Juno awards, have garnered glowing reviews and have been heard on classical radio programs in many countries. Commissions from Stephen Chatman, Ramona Luengen and others have been included in both her live performances and her recordings.

The Augustana Department of Fine Arts and Humanities is proud to present Jane Coop to the residents of Camrose and area. Tickets for the Jan. 30th performance can be purchased at the door. There is no admission charged for the piano masterclass on Jan. 29th and the public is welcome to attend. For further information, call the Augustana Fine Arts Office at 780-679-1532.


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