Multi-faceted performer and teacher, JAMESON COOPER was born in Sheffield, England. He rose to national attention when he was selected to be Concertmaster of the National Youth Chamber Orchestra for its debut performance at the BBC Proms. Following graduation from the Royal Northern College of Music he came to the U.S. to continue his violin studies with Dorothy Delay and Roland and Almita Vamos. As a founding member of the Euclid Quartet, Jameson has won numerous prestigious competition prizes and performed to high acclaim across the U.S in such venues as Carnegie Hall and the Library of Congress. Jameson has also performed as soloist in major halls in Europe and the U.S. Including the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. With the Euclid Quartet, Mr. Cooper is Artist in Residence at Indiana University South Bend. The quartet was awarded an American Masterpieces grant from the NEA for its innovative educational programming.
Mr. Cooper's albums cover a wide range of repertoire. His debut disc of contemporary solo violin repertoire featured several works written for him. His recordings with the Euclid Quartet include the complete string quartets of Bela Bartok, works by Kauder, Dvorak and Marsalis, and an upcoming disc of quartets by Grieg and Debussy. Recent solo discs include Prokofiev music for violin and piano, Respighi Violin Sonatas, French violin sonatas and Violin Duos by Spohr.
In 2023, Jameson was selected as Concertmaster of the South Bend Symphony Orchestra
Mr. Cooper’s violin students have gone on to win positions in professional orchestras, prizes at All-State contests, and admittance into notable undergraduate and graduate study programs. Many are now successful teachers in their own right. He is a regular coach for the Fischoff Chamber Music Association’s Academy program and has given masterclasses at colleges and universities across the US.
As an experienced orchestral conductor, he has an extensive repertoire from baroque to contemporary music. Notable performances include IU South Bend’s first ever fully staged ballet of Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake and South Bend Lyric Opera’s performances of Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana and Mozart’s Don Giovanni.