William David Cooper (b.1986) is a composer of opera, orchestral, chamber and choral music. Current projects include orchestral and chamber works for the Aspen Music Festival, an octet for the Scharoun Ensemble, Berlin, and a grand opera, Hagar and Ishmael. Cooper is the recipient of the UC Davis Provost’s Fellowship, a Charles Ives Scholarship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, three Morton Gould Young Composers awards, as well as fellowships from the Aspen Music Festival, the Wellesley Composers Conference, VCCA and the Ucross Foundation. His music has been performed by Augustin Hadelich, Tony Arnold, the JACK Quartet, ECCE, the Lysander Trio, Antico Moderno and the Empyrean Ensemble, and has been commissioned by Sol Deo Gloria. He directs the UCD Early Music Ensemble, and is music director at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church in Davis. Cooper studied with Samuel Adler and Robert Beaser at Juilliard, and currently studies with Pablo Ortiz, Ross Bauer and Kurt Rohde at the University of California at Davis, where he is a PhD candidate.
Passionate about opera, Cooper is currently writing Hagar and Ishmael, a two-act opera with an upcoming performance at Second Presbyterian Church in Indianapolis, featuring the Beecher Singers and members of the Indianapolis Symphony under the baton of Michelle Louer. In the spring of 2015, his five-minute opera Leonce und Lena premiered in Davis, California, and in 2014 his chamber opera with film, Cleopatra, received its premiere at the Nelson-Atkins Museum in Kansas City.