The Walsh-Drucker-Cooper Trio first performed together at the Skaneateles Festival in the Finger Lakes region of New York in August, 2001. Their performance of Dvorak's F-minor trio on the festival's opening night concert was praised as "superb" by the Syracuse Post-Standard's critic. The trio returned to Skaneateles for three more seasons; they have also appeared at festivals and on series including Maverick Concerts, Brooklyn Public Library, Music Festival of the Hamptons and PS 21 in NY; Friends of Chamber Music in New Orleans, LA; Crested Butte Festival, CO; Riverrun Chamber Concerts in Waitsfield and Capital City Concerts in Montpelier, VT and The Old Brick Church series in West Brome, Quebec. The group also performed in Denmark in 2010 and 2012, appearing at the Louisana Museum of Modern Art near Copenhagen and the medieval Stoense Church in Stoense, Langeland. The trio's performances have been broadcast nationally on Performance Today on National Public Radio; on WCNY-FM in Syracuse, WGBH-FM in Boston; and in a live broadcast on WNYC-FM in New York City.
Walsh-Drucker-Cooper Trio: Bio
Diane Walsh - pianist
After making her New York debut on the Young Concert Artists Series, pianist DIANE WALSH's recitals have included engagements in major venues in the United States, Canada, Europe and South America. She has appeared with the American, San Francisco, Indianapolis, Austin, Delaware and Syracuse symphonies, and the Munich, Frankfurt, Stuttgart and Berlin radio symphonies. Her many summer festival appearances include Marlboro, Santa Fe, Bard, Chesapeake, Cape Cod and Skaneateles, where she was the artistic director from 1999 to 2004. She performed Beethoven’s Diabelli Variations on stage during the Broadway production of 33 Variations, a play by Moisés Kaufman starring Jane Fonda. Ms. Walsh has made sixteen recordings for labels such as Bridge, Newport, Sony, Nonesuch, Koch, Naxos, Stereophile and CRI; Fanfare Magazinecalled her recent CD of Schubert's posthumous sonata in B-flat major "nothing less than magnificent." She holds degrees from Juilliard and Mannes and her major teachers were Irwin Freundlich and Richard Goode. She has taught at Mannes College since 1982, and she is a Steinway Artist.
Eugene Drucker - violinist
Violinist EUGENE DRUCKER, a founding member of the Emerson String Quartet, has also been active as a solo artist. He has appeared with the orchestras of Montreal, Brussels, Antwerp, Liege, Austin, Hartford, Richmond, Toledo and the Rhineland-Palatinate, as well as the American Symphony Orchestra and the Aspen Chamber Symphony. A graduate of Columbia University and the Juilliard School, where he studied with Oscar Shumsky, Mr. Drucker was concertmaster of the Juilliard Orchestra, with which he appeared as soloist several times. He made his New York debut as a Concert Artists Guild winner in the fall of 1976, after having won prizes at the Montreal Competition and the Queen Elisabeth Competition in Brussels. Mr. Drucker has recorded the complete unaccompanied works of Bach, recently reissued by Parnassus Records, and the complete sonatas and duos of Bartok, for Biddulph Recordings. As a member of the Emerson Quartet, he has won nine Grammy Awards for recordings of Bartok, Beethoven, Shostakovich, Mendelssohn and other composers. In the fall of 2002, he began a teaching affiliation with his Emerson colleagues at Stony Brook University. The quartet was awarded the Avery Fisher Prize (the first for a chamber ensemble in the history of that prize) in 2004. "The Savior," Mr. Drucker's novel about music and the Holocaust, was published by Simon & Schuster in 2007, and appeared in paperback in 2008.
Roberta Cooper - cellist
Cellist ROBERTA COOPER was a winner of the Artists International Competition, which sponsored her debut in Weill Hall. She received both Bachelor's and Master's degrees from the Juilliard School, where she studied with Lorne Munroe and Harvey Shapiro. Ms. Cooper was a founding member of the Wave Hill Trio, in residence at Wave Hill (the Toscanini estate in Riverdale, New York). The trio also performed in Boston, Washington, D.C. and Los Angeles, and toured the Far East. She had the pleasure of joining the famed cello section of the Berlin Philharmonic on several occasions in the last few years.
Ms. Cooper has performed with the Sea Cliff Chamber Players, and has been a frequent guest artist with the New Jersey Chamber Music Society and the Emerson String Quartet on tours of Europe and in Lincoln Center and at The Smithsonian in Washington, DC. She was the featured cello soloist on a CD of jazz standards with famed pop singer Linda Ronstadt on Verve Records and was also performed as solo cellist at Merkin Hall's centenary celebration of Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco. Ms Cooper plays in many free-lance orchestras including as Assistant Principal cellist with the American Symphony Orchestra, the American Composers Orchestra, and in the section of the Brooklyn Philharmonic, Westchester Philharmonic and the ballet orchestras of American Ballet Theatre and the New York City Ballet. She performs often with the Berkshire Bach Society with harpsichordist Kenneth Cooper and has performed chamber music at the Aspen, Bard, Cape and Islands, Crested Butte, St.Bart's, Santa Fe, Marlboro, Kneisel Hall, Mohawk Trail, Montreal, Maverick, Rockport, Skaneateles. and Casals Festivals.