David Cooper, who plays French horn in the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, has been selected to be part of the YouTube Symphony Orchestra in March in Sydney, Australia. For more information about Cooper and the YouTube Symphony Orchestra, visit http://www.youtube.com/symphony and click “meet the winners.”
Cooper joined the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra as co-associate principal horn in 2008. He was acting principal horn in the Victoria Symphony from 2006 to 2008 and has been a featured soloist with the Victoria Symphony, Detroit Civic Orchestra and Grand Rapids Youth Symphony. He has also performed numerous solo and chamber recitals in the Pacific Northwest, competed in the prestigious Prague Spring International Horn competition, and placed in the semi-finals in the Markneukirchen International Solo Competition. He has also been selected to participate in the upcoming Marlboro Music Festival.
He was born in Lansing, Michigan, in 1984 into a very musical family. Both his uncle and grandmother played horn in the Lansing Symphony. Cooper began studying the instrument at age 11, and his grandmother gave him her horn and his first lessons. He has studied at the Curtis Institute of Music and MichiganStateUniversity. In 2003 he was a fellow at the TanglewoodMusicCenter.
Cooper took a hiatus from music in 2005 to become an Ameri-Corps intern with the Jefferson Land Trust in Port Townsend, Washington. There he coordinated volunteers and was in charge of monitoring conservation easements.
His first album, recorded with Cary Chow in Victoria, British Columbia, will soon be independently released.