Originally from Northern Ireland, Irish tenor Graham Cooper is an experienced ensemble singer and enthusiastic soloist based in Berlin.
Graham enjoys an exciting concert schedule across Europe, singing regularly with Collegium Vocale Gent in Belgium, Sestina and the Irish Baroque Orchestra in Ireland/Northern Ireland, and Echo Vocal Ensemble in London, England. He also sings with Balthasar-Neumann Chor and Vocalconsort Berlin in Germany and Chamber Choir Ireland and Resurgam in Ireland. Upcoming highlights with Collegium Vocale Gent include a tour of Bach's B-minor Mass in Europe and Canada, an 8-concert tour across Europe of Bach's John Passion and a trip to Israel to perform Mozart's C-minor Mass.
As a soloist Graham enjoys a range of opera, oratorio and concert performance. In the realm of oratorio, he has performed as the Evangelist in Die Geburt Christi (von Herzogenburg) with Kammerchor Jeunesse, a semi-staged Messiah (Handel) with Sestina, and the role of Officer in Esther (Handel) with Irish Baroque Orchestra. In concert, he regularly performs step-out solos with Sestina, the Irish Baroque Orchestra and Echo Vocal Ensemble. Upcoming engagements include Nelson Mass (Haydn) with Brockham Choral and Mozart Requiem and Mendelssohn's Psalm 42 with Woking Choral Society.
Operatic engagements include the roles of Basilio and Don Curzio with Edinburgh Studio Opera in The Marriage of Figaro (Mozart) and the role of Prince Yamadori in Madame Butterfly with Bath Opera. He has also performed in the chorus of Szenen aus Goethe's Faust (Schumann) in Opera Ballet Vlaanderen, Orfeo ed Euridice (Gluck) in the Komische Oper Berlin, Trois Opéras-Minutes (Milhaud) with BAJMT.
He is currently studying with Lothar Odinius and receiving coaching from Philip Mayers. He gained incredible experience in the English cathedral tradition during his undergraduate and postgraduate study: first as a choral scholar at Bath Abbey in Bath, England and subsequently as a Lay Clerk at St Mary's Episcopal Cathedral in Edinburgh, Scotland. Previous training programs include: Ulster Youth Choir and Ulster Youth Chamber Choir (2011-2013, Greg Beardsell), where he was section leader; recording the award-winning CD of Britten's War Requiem with the Gabrielli Young Singers scheme (2012, Paul McCreesh); the Genesis Sixteen Program (2017, Eamonn Dougan and Harry Christophers); and the Berlin Radio Choir's Schola scheme (2017, Benjamin Goodson).
Aside from his singing work, Graham is fluent in German and passionate about neuroscience and academic writing, having completed a PhD in medical neuroscience at Charité University Berlin in 2022.