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Kenneth Cooper, Ph.D., Presented with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award by Marquis Who's Who

Dr. Cooper has been endorsed by Marquis Who's Who as a leader in the music industry

Kenneth Cooper was named Musician of the Year by the International Biographical Center, and he received a Paul Revere Award.

    NEW YORK, NY, November 30, 2018 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Marquis Who's Who, the world's premier publisher of biographical profiles, is proud to present Kenneth Cooper, Ph.D., with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award. An accomplished listee, Dr. Cooper celebrates many years of experience in his professional network, and has been noted for achievements, leadership qualities, and the credentials and successes he has accrued in his field. As in all Marquis Who's Who biographical volumes, individuals profiled are selected on the basis of current reference value. Factors such as position, noteworthy accomplishments, visibility, and prominence in a field are all taken into account during the selection process.

With more than 50 years of professional experience as a harpsichordist, pianist, conductor, and musicologist, Dr. Cooper has been the director of the Baroque Aria Ensemble and the chair of the harpsichord department of the Manhattan School of Music since 1984, as well as an artist-in-residence and chamber music coach at Columbia University since 1983. Earlier in his career, he was an instructor at Barnard College from 1967 to 1971. In addition to his primary roles, he has served as a conductor for a number of performances, as a consultant for NBC News and the Juilliard Repertory Project, and as a visiting specialist for the Peabody Conservatory and Montclair State University. Dr. Cooper is the former music director of the Berkshire Bach Ensemble.

Dr. Cooper began his career at the High School of Music and Art in New York City, continuing at Columbia University where he obtained a Bachelor of Arts in 1962. He completed a Master of Arts at Columbia in 1964 and earned his Doctor of Philosophy in Musicology there in 1971. Among his professor were Joel Newman, Ernest Sanders, Douglas Moore, Otto Luening, William J. Mitchell, Denis Stevens and Paul Henry Lang. Dr. Cooper studied harpsichord with Fernando Valenti and at Mannes College with Sylvia Marlowe. A renowned musician, he has been a soloist and guest conductor for the Mostly Mozart Festival, the Northwest Chamber Orchestra, the Ohio Chamber Orchestra, the Detroit Symphony and the American Symphony. Dr. Cooper was a soloist for "Brandenburg No. 5 Live from Lincoln Center," and he was the co-director of "Our Bach Concerts."

A respected voice in the field, Dr. Cooper has contributed articles to professional journals. He was the editor of "Three Centuries of Music in Score," "Monteverdi: Tirsi e Clori," "Bach: Two Part Inventions," "Bach Fantasia and Fugue," "Beethoven Cadenza," "Mozart Adagio quasi Fantasia," "Debussy Sonatas 'No.4' and 'No.5,'" and other editions and reconstructions, many for International Music Co. He was a musician on recordings of "Bach's Gamba-Harpsichord Sonatas (with Yo-Yo Ma)," "Scarlatti Sonatas for Harpsichord," "Bach Brandenburg Concerti" and "Goldberg Variations." He has also recorded Bach's Violin Sonatas with Ani Kavafian, Bach's Flute Sonatas with Paula Robinson and again with Susan Rotholz and can be heard on the film soundtracks of Valmont and Before Sunrise. He has appeared on screen in the TV series The Adams Chronicles.

Throughout his career, Dr. Cooper has been recognized for his contributions. He was named Musician of the Year by the International Biographical Center, and he received a Paul Revere Award. He has been featured in numerous honors publications, including multiple editions of Who's Who in America. His recording Cousins (Nonesuch) received the 1977 Stereo Review Record of the Year Award. He has also been awarded the Certificate of Distinguished Service by the Institute for International Education for "the extraordinary contribution you have made to the cause of international educational and cultural exchange." Dr. Cooper is married to the celebrated soprano Josephine Mongiardo (formerly President of the New York Singing Teachers Association); their son Nicholas Mongiardo-Cooper is a distinguished actor.

In recognition of outstanding contributions to his profession and the Marquis Who's Who community, Dr. Cooper has been featured on the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement website. Please visit for more information about this honor.

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