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Andrew Cooperstock performs widely as a soloist and is a sought-after chamber musician. As a Steinway Artist, Andrew is an advocate for new music. He is Professor of Piano at the University of Colorado Boulder, where he served as Artistic Director of the University’s Bernstein at 100 celebration, and in 2020 he received the Boulder Faculty Assembly Excellence Award in Teaching and Pedagogy.
Listen to Andrew performing Music for the Dance, No. II: I Moderato composed by Leonard Bernstein:
Pianist Andrew Cooperstock performs widely as a soloist and chamber musician and has appeared throughout six continents and in most of the fifty states, including performances at New York’s Alice Tully, Merkin, and Carnegie halls, Broadway’s 54 Below, Greenwich Village’s (le) Poisson Rouge, Brooklyn’s BargeMusic, and at the United Nations. He has been featured in recitals and concerto appearances at the Chautauqua, Brevard, and Round Top international music festivals, the Australian Festival of Chamber Music, Hong Kong’s Hell Hot! New Music Festival, and in London, Beijing, Accra, Kiev, Sapporo, Canberra, Lima, and Geneva, on National Public Radio, Radio France, and the BBC.
An advocate for new music, Andrew Cooperstock has premiered works by American composers Lowell Liebermann, John Fitz Rogers, Rob Paterson, and Aaron Copland and participated in commissioning works by Eric Stern, Robert Starer, Dan Welcher, and Meira Warshauer.
A sought-after chamber musician, Cooperstock has performed with the Takács Quartet, the Ying Quartet, the Dorian Quintet, violinist James Buswell, violist Roberto Diaz, cellists Andres Diaz and András Fejér, hornist Eli Epstein, and pianist Paul Schoenfield. He is a member of the Colorado Chamber Players, a regular soloist with the Boulder Chamber Orchestra, and a founder of Trio Contraste, which specializes in commissioning and performing contemporary music for piano, violin, and clarinet.
With violinist William Terwilliger, as Opus Two (www.opustwo.org), Cooperstock has recorded the complete works for piano and violin by Aaron Copland. The award-winning duo has been internationally recognized for its “divine phrases, impelling rhythm, elastic ensemble and stunning sounds,” as well as its commitment to expanding the violin–piano duo repertoire. The duo has appeared throughout North and South America, Europe, and Australia, and it made its Asian debut in 2006 with performances across China, Korea, Japan, and the Russian Far East. In 2011 they were in residence with the National Symphony of Ghana, Africa, and at the University of Ghana Legon, and they were featured performers at Hong Kong’s premier chamber music festival, Hell Hot! Their appearance at Woodstock, New York’s prestigious Maverick Concerts was called “one of the most significant and worthwhile concerts of the 2010 season.” In 2013 Opus Two were guests of the United States Embassy on tour throughout Peru. With cellist Andres Diaz, Opus Two has recorded chamber music by Lowell Liebermann (Albany Records) and Paul Schoenfield (Azica Records). Opus Two’s recording of Leonard Bernstein (Naxos) features new arrangements by legendary Broadway music director Eric Stern and collaborations with Broadway actress-singer Marin Mazzie, and their following CD, a 75th-anniversary tribute to American composer George Gershwin, features a newly commissioned Eric Stern arrangement of beloved songs from Girl Crazy and collaborations with Broadway singer Ashley Brown. Cooperstock’s next solo recording, for Bridge Records, will pay tribute to Leonard Bernstein’s centenary in 2018.
Andrew Cooperstock’s media credits include performances on National Public Radio, WFMT Chicago, WQXR New York, KVOD Denver, KUT Austin, and on Minnesota Public Radio, Radio France, and the Australian and British Broadcasting Corporations.
Prize-winner in the National Federation of Music Clubs Artist Competition, the New Orleans International Piano Competition, and the United States Information Agency’s Artistic Ambassador Auditions, he has served as juror for the New Orleans International Piano Competition, the Iowa International Piano Competition, the Liszt-Garrison International Competition, China’s Giant Cup Art Talent Competition, the Music Teachers National Association national competitions, and the National Federation of Music Clubs Young Artists Competition, among others, and he has presented master classes widely, from Beijing to Nice to Vladivostok.
A graduate of the Juilliard School and the Cincinnati and Peabody Conservatories, Cooperstock studied with Abbey Simon, David Bar-Illan and Walter Hautzig, as well as with collaborative pianist Samuel Sanders. Cooperstock is currently Professor of Piano at the University of Colorado Boulder and faculty member at Saarburg International Festival of Music (Germany) and Classical Music Festival (Eisenstadt, Austria). He is also an honorary professor at Guangxi Arts Institute in southern China. Previous appointments include posts at the University of Oklahoma and Brevard Music Center. Cooperstock has recorded for the Naxos, Azica, Bridge and Albany labels, among others. He is a Steinway artist.