"An unusually gifted and interesting artist."
- Stephen Kovacevich
"Vera Kooper has the rare - and one might say, God given - ability to penetrate to the very expressive core of the music she performs. Hers is an uncanny sensitivity to both the dramatic content and stylistic definition of the compositions. These qualities, multiplied by impressive instrumental control and all-out dedication, allow her to turn each performance into a poetic, moving artistic experience – a phenomenon as uncommon with young performers today as it is precious."
- Emanuel Krasovsky
Dutch pianist Vera Kooper has been described as a "sensitive and expressive performer, with impressive instrumental control and all-out dedication, capable of transforming each performance into a poetic, moving artistic experience" (Emanuel Krasovsky, 2010).
Vera started playing the piano at the age of six and at the age of thirteen she joined the young talent class of the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague (the Netherlands), where she studied with Russian piano pedagogue Kamilla Bystrova. She continued her education in the class of David Kuyken and graduated with honors in 2011. During her studies Vera participated in master classes with a.o. Dmitri Bashkirov, Vladimir Tropp, Paul Badura-Skoda, Fabio Bidini, Boris Petrushansky, Emanuel Krasovsky and Boris Berman.
Despite her young age Vera Kooper has already enjoyed an extensive international performing career. In the Netherlands she gave recitals at the Concertgebouw (Amsterdam), de Doelen (Rotterdam), the Oosterpoort (Groningen), the Muziekcentrum Vredenburg (Utrecht), the Anton Philpszaal (Den Haag) and the Muziekgebouw Eindhoven. As a soloist and chamber musicians she gave concerts in Great Britain, Belgium, France, Germany, Austria, Italy, Slovenia, Lithuania, Russia, Israel and the United States. She performed at the “Grachtenfestival Amsterdam”, the “Peter de Grote Festival” and the “International Holland Music Sessions” (Netherlands), as well as at the “Musica Mundi Chamber Music Festival” (Belgium), “Festival Musica Russa” (Italy), the “Aurora Chamber Music Festival” (Sweden) and the “New York Chamber Music Festival” (United States). At the invitation of the Embassy of the Netherlands she gave a series of concerts in Denmark and Greenland. Many performances were broadcasted live by the Dutch radio (Radio 4, Radio Nederland Wereldomroep).
Since making her debut as a soloist at the age of twelve playing Beethoven’s first Piano Concerto, Vera has regularly performed with orchestra. In 2008 she toured the Netherlands and Germany with the “National youth orchestra of the Netherlands” and conductor Jurjen Hempel. Successively she played a series of concerts with “Sinfonia Rotterdam” and Conrad van Alphen, performing Mendelssohn’s Concerto for Violin, Piano and Orchestra, together with violinist Emmy Storms.
At the age of sixteen Vera Kooper won the second prize at the International Steinway Competition in Amsterdam and was chosen to represent The Netherlands at the ‘International Steinway Festival’ in Germany, performing in a gala-concert at the Musikhalle in Hamburg. In 2007 she was awarded 2nd prize and extra prizes during the National Finals of the Prinses Christina Concours in The Netherlands. One year later she won the 2nd prize and Press prize in the same competition, this time as a duo with violinist Emmy Storms. This resulted in many concert engagements in the Netherlands and abroad.
A grant of the ‘Huygens Scholarship Program’ enabled Vera in 2011 to continue her studies at the prestigious Universität Mozarteum in Salzburg (Austria), where she got accepted to the soloist program in the class of the American pedagogue George Kern, a student of Rosina Lhévinne. Additionally she studied with Konstantin Bogino in the ‘Corso di Alto Perfezionamento’ at the Accademia Santa Cecilia in Bergamo (Italy). Vera continues to receive coaching and musical advice from the legendary American pianist Stephen Kovacevich in London, who described her as “an unusually gifted and interesting artist.”
During her studies in Salzburg Vera founded the Delta Piano Trio, together with two other young Dutch musicians; violinist Gerard Spronk and cellist Irene Enzlin. Originally intended as a one-time project, their venture rapidly evolved and became an intensive and successful collaboration. Since their founding in 2013, the Delta Piano Trio has performed extensively in The Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Italy, Lithuania, the United Kingdom, Russia and the United States. In the spring of 2014 the trio won the first prize, as well as a special prize for the performance of a twentieth-century work, at the 7th International S. Vainiunas Chamber Music Competition in Vilnius, Lithuania. Their debut at the 4th Salzburger Kammermusikfestival, in a shared concert with the Borodin Quartet, was highly acclaimed by both audience and critics. In September 2014 the trio won a first prize at the Salieri-Zinetti International Chamber Music Competition in Verona, Italy. In March 2015 the trio made their United States debut at the New York Chamber Music Festival and had the chance to work with composer Lera Auerbach on her first piano trio. Future engagements include concerts in Korea, Hong Kong, Argentina, Chile and Europe.
The Delta Piano Trio has the privilege to work with Wolfgang Redik (founding member of the Vienna Piano Trio) and Rainer Schmidt (Hagen Quartet) at the Universität Mozarteum in Salzburg. Further musical influences include Stephen Kovacevich, Alexander Bonduriansky, Louise Hopkins, Miguel da Silva, Johannes Meissl and Hatto Beyerle (founding member of Alban Berg Quartet). Since 2015 the trio combines their studies in Salzburg with the Cycle Concertiste in Paris, a program for young ensembles especially established to help jumpstart their career, under the guidance of the Trio Wanderer.
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