Ian Cooper

Ian Cooper

Royal Flush
C'est Si Bon
Sweet Georgia Brown

Ian Cooper is Australia's most exciting Jazz violinist. His dynamic and humorous show draws on many musical styles from Classical, Jazz, Gypsy, Latin, Irish, & the Blues and he is a regular attraction at concert venues and festivals throughout Australia, Europe, Japan and New Zealand.

Cooper was commissioned to compose the "Tin Symphony" for the opening ceremony of the Games of the XXVII Olympiad in Sydney and is a performer of many musical styles including Classical, Gypsy, Jazz, Irish & Country music. He has performed with Silverchair, Tommy Emmanuel, James Morrison, Deni Hines, Olivia Newton-John, Barry White, and Simon Tedeschi.

Ian began learning the violin at age 4 from his mother Jan Cooper, a Suzuki Violin teacher. He performed the Seitz violin concerto at age 6 on the Seven Network's 11AM program with Roger Climpson. At age 7, Cooper performed concerts in the USA, including in Hawaii, representing Australia at the Suzuki Violin World Conference. At age 8, he was awarded a scholarship to the Sydney Conservatorium of Music where he studied with Christopher Kimber, Harry Kurby, and Laslo Kiss. He subsequently was awarded a music scholarship to Knox Grammar School where he studied drums and percussion. At age 10, his performance in Japan was broadcast on NHK Television. In 1990, Cooper was mentored by the French Jazz Violinist Stéphane Grappelli. After performing with the guitarist Tommy Emmanuel at his invitation at the Sydney Opera House in 1992, Cooper joined Emmanuel on tour until 1997. Cooper has also been a member of trumpeter James Morrison's sextet since 2007.

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