Frank Cooper is a major portion of whose life has been spent studying the arts while pursuing careers as a teacher, writer, lecturer and performer – is known and admired for his ability to communicate the pleasures of any subject to his hearers.
Called by the Miami Herald “South Florida’s cultural maven” and “a Renaissance man,” Cooper has lectured in such varied venues as the Library of Congress, Indiana University, McMaster University (Ontario), University of Illinois, Naples (FL) Philharmonic, and Belgrade Conservatory of Music (Serbia).
He has been the subject of broadcasts by NPR in Washington, the CBC in Toronto, the BBC in London, and Radio Netherlands in Hilversum.
Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, the Cliburn Foundation, Ford Centre (Toronto), Rialto Center (Atlanta), New York Times, TIME/LIFE, Arabesque Records, RCA Victor, Audiofon Records, Bridge Records, Marsden Records and the International Piano Library are among the organizations commissioning Prof. Cooper’s program notes and record annotations.
His introductions to concerts by the Cleveland Orchestra in Miami, for Judy Drucker’s Concert Association of Florida, the Festival Music Society of Indiana, the Coral Gables Mainly Mozart Festival, and the Miami International Piano Festival have won the admiration of audiences.
In 1986, Cooper received the Franz Liszt Centennial Medal of the Ministry of Culture of the People’s Republic of Hungary. In 1999, he was honored with the Centennial Citation of the National Federation of Music Clubs for his “contributions to the cultural life of the United States and of the world at large.”
In 2008, he was given the University of Miami’s Philip Frost Award for Excellence in Teaching and Scholarship. In 2013, he was named Research Professor Emeritus at the Frost School of Music, University of Miami.