Violin Concerto in A Major
Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges
October 2023 Concert
Photo Credit: Eliana Brea
Hailed as a “intensely dramatic” (Cleveland Classical), and praised for his “elegant and expressive
playing” (Boston Musical Intelligencer), violinist Thomas Cooper has established himself as one
of the most dynamic young musicians and leaders of his generation. A three-time winner of New
England Conservatory’s Entrepreneurial Musicianship award, Cooper is the founder and Artistic
Director of Fermata Chamber Soloists, an award-winning collective of young artists performing
As a soloist, Cooper has appeared with several orchestras, including the Colorado College
Festival Orchestra, the Coeur D’Alene Symphony Orchestra, the Credo Baroque Orchestra, the
Bar Harbor Music Festival Orchestra, the Du Bois Orchestra of Harvard, and the Middlesex
Chamber Orchestra among others. He is a laureate of the Naftzger, Arlington, Coeur D’Alene, and
Cremona International Competitions, and was a semi-finalist at the 2018 Washington
Cooper has appeared with many of the finest chamber orchestras in the country, including the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, A Far Cry, and the Cape Cod Chamber Orchestra. Additionally, Cooper is the concertmaster of the Du Bois Orchestra in Cambridge, MA. He has spent his summers performing at Keshet Eilon in Israel, the Mozarteum Summer Academy in Salzburg, Nagold Sommermusik in Bavaria and Festival Orford Musique in Quebec.
As a chamber musician, Cooper has had the fortune of sharing the stage with such groups and
individuals as the Oberlin Trio, the Jupiter String Quartet, David Bowlin, Amir Eldan, Evgeny
Sinaiski, Vadim Gluzman, and Per Ennokson. An avid performer of new music, Cooper has
appeared on the Boston Symphony Orchestra's "What I Hear" concert series showcasing works
of living composers commissioned by the BSO.
As an educator, Cooper is on faculty at Credo Music in Oberlin, OH, and was a guest faculty
member at Music Adventure in Spannocchia, Italy. A native of the Boston area, Cooper received
his formal training at New England Conservatory and Oberlin Conservatory.
Cooper performs on a 1751 Gennaro Gagliano on loan from a private collection.