Interview: Sally Cooper

Sally Cooper has made a name for herself as a talented violinist and has appeared on many popular television shows such as X Factor and Dancing with the Stars.

Sally’s album GOLDEN has just been released, and she kindly took some time out to chat with us:

How did you get started as a violinist?

I began playing the violin when I was seven. A few months beforehand my best friend at the time started playing the flageolet, and devastated at the thought of missing out I begged my parents to allow me to begin learning the flageolet too.

They agreed and not long afterwards my teacher contacted my parents to say I was picking up the instrument extremely rapidly and suggested they start me on a more traditional instrument. And so the violin entered my life….

Did you ever imagine that you would have this level of success?

I pinch myself every day that I can experience the joy of playing my violin daily, and do it for a living! I am so grateful for all the opportunities that have been presented to me. My musical career has evolved very organically and I am completely in love with what I do.

You play regularly on television shows, how did this all begin?

One of my best friends was approached to form a string section for The Footy Show back in 2003. She forged a good rapport with musical director Chong Lim which led to us becoming regulars on Dancing With The Stars.

All the other TV show work and touring with artists quickly followed and I found I had myself a wonderful career within the pop music world!

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Do you ever get nervous?

I’ve never experienced debilitating nerves, but yes, I definitely get nervous. For me it’s a huge adrenalin rush which I find is an important part of performing, and adds to the fun! I also cannot wait to get out on stage every time I perform. The joy I feel when I’m performing is like no other I’ve ever experienced. It’s amazing.

What has been the highlight of your career so far?

Can I name a few? For one, recording this album!! Also, performing my first solo concerto with orchestra when I was 9. It was in Queensland and I played the Saint-Saëns violin concerto. It was an amazing experience. Actually, playing solo concertos with orchestra in general…. One of the best feelings in the world!

Performing on stage alongside true musical geniuses. Tommy Emmanuel, Harry Connick Jnr, Michael Buble to name a few, and mostly the incredible experience of working so closely and often with Guy Sebastian. I should be so lucky.

Lastly, being chosen by Beyonce to perform at Jay-Z’s private birthday party in 2010 was crazy cool.

If you could perform with anyone who would it be?


What is one fun fact we wouldn’t know about you?

I’m a mad chocoholic. Completely addicted. Sweets too….

Do you prefer classical or modern music?

I absolutely love both! It completely depends on what mood I’m in.

What can you tell us about your new album, GOLDEN?

GOLDEN is a collection of my favourite songs from my life over the years. It showcases the luscious and beautiful tones of the violin from beginning to end, sometimes breaking out into crazy and exciting spectacular moments. It is the traditional passionate instrument living in our modern world. It is my heart and soul.

Do you have any advice for parents with children who have a passion for music?

Music is about enjoyment so I would say allow them to get as much joy as possible from their music. Encouragement is important and a little push into the practise room is helpful. Most children won’t want to practise much, but practise it vital for improvement!

What are 3 beauty products you can’t live without?

Palmers cocoa butter. Clinique ‘all about eyes’ eye cream, and Nars laguna bronzer.

What’s next for Sally Cooper?

Hopefully many many more years of performing and music making!

What does being a woman mean to you?

I love embracing the sensuality of being a woman. Feeling beautiful and projecting that through my music. I love being a woman. We are highly emotional beings and being able to use these emotions to bring power and depth to my playing is wonderful.

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