Frank E. Cooper

Title/Position: Research Professor Emeritus, Musicology

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What would you say are the outstanding highlights of your professional life?

Having reviews of my work published simultaneously in the New York Times, Washington Post and Time magazine

Receiving the Liszt Centennial Medal from the Hungarian Ministry of Culture along with Vladimir Horowitz and Leonard Bernstein during the same ceremony

Receiving praise for my commercial recordings of neglected Romantic music in Stereo Review and High Fidelity

Being presented the Presidential Citation of the National Federation of Music Clubs for having “made an indelible and remarkable impact on the artistic life and culture of the United States and the world at large”

Learning that the great pianist Jorge Bolet, in a national interview, called me a genius

Why should a potential student choose the Frost School of Music?

A prospective student should choose the Frost School of Music because of a deeply held conviction that his/her talent is worthy of development by our faculty and curriculum.

Career Highlights:

Renaissance Scholar: An outstandingly versatile, well-rounded person. The expression alludes to such Renaissance figures as Leonardo da Vinci, who performed brilliantly in many different fields.

The Frost School of Music has its own Renaissance Scholar: Research Professor Frank Cooper, who has devoted his life to studying the arts while simultaneously pursuing careers as a teacher, writer, lecturer and performer.

Prof. Cooper has been the subject of broadcasts by

National Public Radio in Washington

Canadian Broadcasting Corporation in Toronto

British Broadcasting Corporation in London

Radio Netherlands in Hilversum


Among the organizations commissioning Prof. Cooper’s program notes and record annotations are

Lincoln Center

Carnegie Hall

Cliburn Foundation

Ford Centre (Toronto)

Rialto Center (Atlanta)

New York Times

TIME/LIFE

Arabesque Records

RCA Victor

Audiofon Records

International Piano Library

Artistic Director for thirty-five years of the Indianapolis Early Music Festival, Cooper is well-known in that city. The Indianapolis Museum of Art inaugurated its Evans Woollen Memorial Lecture series with six programs by Prof. Cooper; he returns to the Indiana capital every year to speak under the auspices of such organizations as the Museum’s Decorative Arts Society, the Indianapolis Art Center and Indiana History Center.

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. has lectured in such varied venues as the

Coolidge Auditorium of the Library of Congress

Indiana University

McMaster University (Ontario)

University of Illinois (Champaign/Urbana)

Belgrade Conservatory of Music (Serbia)

In addition to his profound knowledge of music, Prof. Cooper has taught art history and is an authority on porcelain place settings, maintaining a personal collection of more than thirty complete sets, including patterns associated with Louis XVI and Napoleon I of France, Ludwig I of Bavaria, Victoria of England and the Borghese family of Italy.

Short Biography:

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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"Music is the art of making time audible and articulate via perceptible, dynamic forms." —Frank Cooper


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