Jacob Cooper

Monday, January 9th, 2012 - 11:29 am



Jacob Cooper’s bold compositions and multimedia works have garnered recognition throughout North America and Europe, with performances by the JACK Quartet, the Calder Quartet, Ensemble ACJW, the NOW Ensemble, and the Minnesota Orchestra. His work has appeared or will soon appear at Carnegie Hall, the MATA Festival (New York), the Wordless Music concert series at the Miller Theater (New York), Bargemusic (Brooklyn), Music With a View at the Flea Theater (New York), Present Music’s “Around 30” celebration (Milwaukee), and the Choregie Festival (Maribor, Slovenia). Upcoming projects include a commission for pianist Kathleen Supové and a collection of songs for soprano Mellissa Hughes.

Jacob has earned a Charles Ives Scholarship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, a Morton Gould Award from ASCAP, and a CAP Grant from the American Music Center; most recently, he was announced as the winner of the 2011 Carlsbad Music Festival competition. He has attended the Bang on a Can Summer Institute and the Minnesota Orchestra Composer Institute, and he has held residences at the Banff Centre, the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center, and the Atlantic Center for the Arts. Jacob is also one of the six “talented guys” who comprise the composers’ collective Sleeping Giant (The New Yorker).

Timberbrit, Jacob’s “gutsy opera” (Time Out NY) about a fictional reunion between Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake, has been featured on NPR’s All Things Considered and in The Believer’s annual music issue. The opera ran at the Incubator Arts Project (formerly the Ontological-Hysteric Theater) and was presented in London in March 2012 by Carmen Elektra / Opera Underground. Jacob has also recently begun working with visual media, and his video Commencer une autre mort was shortlisted for the 2010 YouTube / Guggenheim Biennial of Creative Video.

A faculty member in the music department at Amherst College, Jacob is also dedicated to teaching and scholarship. He writes program notes for subscription series concerts at Carnegie Hall and is a doctoral candidate in composition at the Yale School of Music.