Mia Cooper studied at the Royal Northern College of Music with Yossi Zivoni and Chamber Music at the Paris Conservatoire with Michel Strauss. On graduating, Mia was principal first violin of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra for five years, and played with many of London’s chamber orchestras and ensembles, including the Fibonacci Sequence, Barbican Trio, Brodsky Quartet, Chamber Orchestra of Europe and Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields.
Mia was appointed leader of the RTÉ Concert Orchestra in 2006, and in the same year took up a position as Professor of Violin at the Royal Irish Academy of Music. Mia has given masterclasses in the UK, Spain and Lithuania through Erasmus exchanges.
Mia is a highly sought out guest leader and as such has worked with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Philharmonia and Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
Mia’s love of chamber music grew at an early age, and as a founding member of the Esposito quartet has given many radio broadcast concert tours of Ireland. Mia has also recorded a wide variety of chamber music, including the violin sonatas of Michele Esposito, and recordings for Naxos and Chandos as a guest of the Gould Piano Trio.