For as long as she can remember, the violin has always been part of Sally Cooper's life. Something of a child prodigy, the instrument has seen her develop from the school concert hall to the stage, to orchestras and to national television. A stream of successful solo work has kept Sally busy with events and tours with some of rock and pop's biggest acts including Rod Stewart, Michael Buble, Harry Connick Jnr, Westlife, Delta Goodrem, Guy Sebastian, Kate Ceberano and Ronan Keating, and she has recently launched her breathtaking debut album Golden through Universal Music.
In recent years, Sally began working in television, playing with the string section on The Footy Show and in The String Collective for Dancing with the Stars, It Takes Two, X Factor and Australia's Got Talent.
Education: But it all began much earlier. With her innate gift to play and her natural ability to perform, Sally was accepted into the Conservatorium of Music in her home town of Adelaide at just eight years of age and was competing in national and international competitions and performing university-level concertos as a soloist with all major Australian orchestras from the age of nine.
Pop: It was towards the end of her musical studies at the Australian National Academy of Music when Sally found herself naturally drawn towards the pop genre. It was this move from classical to popular music, and her development of a new style blending the two genres with a very contemporary feel, which remains the key to Sally's signature sound today.
As an instrumentalist, Sally hopes her unique sound will add to Australia's musical offering: 'There are just such beautiful sounds that come from the violin and I hope it opens people’s minds to accept and enjoy listening to the violin, especially inspiring the young ones that are coming up and learning instruments. If anything, I hope I can do that, and do that worldwide.'
Sally Cooper performs on Hey Hey It's Saturday (I)
Sally Cooper performs on Hey Hey It's Saturday (II)