A CU-Boulder faculty member since 2004, Principal Oboist of the Colorado Symphony Peter Cooper has taught and performed as soloist with orchestras in Asia, Europe and the United States. He previously held positions in the San Francisco Symphony and the Hong Kong Philharmonic.
Mr. Cooper has commissioned and premiered five oboe concertos. In 2001 Mr. Cooper recorded the Strauss and David Mullikin Oboe Concertos with Sir Neville Marriner and the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields. This recording along with the CD Whispers of the Past for oboe and harp was released on Summit Records to great critical acclaim. He previously recorded Heinrich Schweizer’s Oboe Concerto with the London Philharmonic.
A prize winner in the Tokyo International Oboe Competition, Mr. Cooper has been guest Principal Oboist of many noted ensembles. He has toured and recorded with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra and has been guest 1st oboe with the Boston, Atlanta, Houston, Seattle, San Diego and Milwaukee Symphonies as well as the Israel Chamber Orchestra.
A graduate of Northwestern University, he studied with Ray Still and Gladys Elliot. He plays Principal Oboe with the Grand Teton Music Festival and has been featured in Strings in the Mountains, St. Bart’s Music Festival among other summer festivals.