Frank Cooper

Frank Cooper is research professor emeritus in the Department of Musicology at the University of Miami Frost School of Music where he lectured and taught harpsichord for 30 years. He retired in May 2013. Truly a Renaissance scholar, he has devoted his life to studying the arts while simultaneously pursuing careers as a teacher, writer, lecturer and performer. An expert on keyboard performance practices, he recently performed the Bach Double Keyboard Concerto with Dean Shelton Berg and a chamber orchestra at St. Martha’s Church in Miami.  A highlight of his career was receiving the Liszt Centennial Medal from the Hungarian Ministry of Culture along with Vladimir Horowitz and Leonard Bernstein during the same ceremony.  Reviews of his research have been published simultaneously in the New York Times, Washington Post and Time magazine.  Frank Cooper has been the subject of international radio broadcasts, is widely commissioned to write program notes and record annotations, and has served as artistic director for 35 years of the Indianapolis Early Music Festival.  In 2007 Cooper was presented by the National Federation of Music Clubs with its centennial citation for his “indelible and remarkable impact on the artistic life and culture of the United States and the world at large;” moreover, the Miami Herald has referred to him as “South Florida’s cultural maven.” Prof. Cooper was formerly a member of the faculties of Butler University in Indianapolis and the New World School of the Arts in Miami. As part of the Frost School’s community outreach commitment, Frank Cooper also offers a non-credit music history lecture series.

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