Gordon Cooper was born and educated in Aberdeen, Scotland.
He graduated with First Class Honours from the BMus degree programme at the University of Aberdeen in 2011, having studied piano as first study (with Joseph Long) and percussion as second study (with Chris Overton and Sandy Nicol). Gordon’s degree also included modules in ethnomusicology, composition and music analysis, culminating in a dissertation on the music of American composer Steve Reich. In March 2014 Gordon was awarded the Associate Diploma (Piano Recital) from Trinity College London (ATCL). Further study with Prof. Nigel Clayton at The North-East Scotland Music School led to the award of the Licentiate Diploma from Trinity College London (LTCL) in piano performance in March 2022, with a programme of works by J.S. Bach, Barber and Britten.
Gordon has been playing the piano since he was 7 years old and began teaching part-time in 2005. His teaching practice has grown organically over the years and now comprises over 50 students, most of whom attend weekly for lessons. As well as expanding your repertoire and technique, lessons also feature sight-reading skills, aural training, playing by ear, improvisation, singing and rhythmic co-ordination with djembe drums.
Gordon has a very wide taste in music and is happy to teach any style you are keen to learn! Students sometimes have pre-formed ideas before starting lessons, but soon discover that all styles of music share some common features and can all be great fun to learn and play.
In addition to his teaching work, Gordon has collaborated with talented jazz musicians and can provide a jazz quartet for your event, or play solo piano if that is preferred. Gordon is also an organist, and is experienced in accompanying at church services. Please use the contact page if you would like further information about availability.