David Cooper was born in Lansing Michigan in 1984 into a very musical
family. David is a third generation horn player in his family where both
his uncle and grandmother played horn for the Lansing Symphony. David
started horn at the age of 11 and his grandmother gave him her horn and his first lessons.
David began private studies with Dr. Dale Bartlett M.S.U. Prof. Emeritus. Cooper began playing in Michigan State University ensembles at the age of 15 and was soon in the top University Ensemble for college credit at age 16. Cooper was a 2 time winner of the Michigan Youth Arts Solo Competition and as well as a runner up.
Cooper studied at Curtis Institute of Music with Jerome Ashby of the New
York Philharmonic from 2002-2003 as well as Michigan State University with Janine
Gaboury-Sly in 2004. David spent the 2011 summer at Marlboro music festival and will attend again in 2012 after the Dallas Symphony residence in Vail. Cooper was a Tanglewood fellow at Tanglewood Music Center in 2003 studying with members of the Boston Symphony and in 2002 also studied at Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, CA with members of the New
York Philharmonic and Canadian Brass.
Cooper took a hiatus from music in 2005 to become an Ameri-Corps intern with the Jefferson Land Trust in Port Townsend, WA. There he coordinated volunteers and was in charge of stewardship of conservation easements.
David Cooper is currently 3rd horn in the Dallas Symphony Orchestra since September 2011. David was Co-Associate principal horn in the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra from August 2008-August 2011. Cooper was acting Principal horn in the Victoria Symphony in Victoria, B.C. from 2006-2008. In the spring of 2009 he made runner up for the Associate principal horn audition with the San Francisco Symphony. In November 2010 Cooper was the winner of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra Principal Horn audition although no position was awarded. He was invited to play guest Principal Horn with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra in April 2011.
Cooper has been a featured soloist with the Victoria Symphony, as well as the Detroit Civic Orchestra and Grand Rapids Youth Symphony. He has performed numerous solo and Chamber recitals in the Pacific Northwest and has competed in the prestigious Prague Spring International Horn competition in May 2007 as well as being a semi-finalist in the Markneukirchen International Solo Competition.
Cooper recorded his debut solo album with Cary Chow in Victoria, B.C. which was independently released on March 27, 2012.