Maggie Cole

harpsichord

 

"A graceful, vital musician with an elegant technique and a razor-sharp feeling for phrasing and accent." The New York Times

Maggie Cole was born in the USA and began playing the piano from an early age. A growing interest in early keyboards led her to England where she studied the harpsichord with Jill Severs and Kenneth Gilbert. She also specializes in the fortepiano, particularly in Classical chamber music with her recently formed "Trio Goya" with Brian Brooks violin and Sebastian Comberti cello. Best known in Britain through numerous recitals on BBC Radio 3 and appearances at leading festivals, abroad she has performed in venues from Seattle to Moscow, and from Finland to India. In addition to solo recitals with Bach's Goldberg Variations a speciality, given in London, Paris, Cologne, Basel, Mallorca and Chicago she frequently performs in duos with partners including Michael Chance countertenor, Nancy Argenta soprano, Catherine Mackintosh violin and Steven Isserlis cello. She is a member of the Sarasa Ensemble and frequently appears with them playing both harpsichord and fortepiano.

From this century, Maggie plays the concertos by Falla, Poulenc and Gerhard. Gavin Bryars has written After Handel's 'Vesper' for her, and she takes every opportunity to programme new works by Dodgson, Hallgrimsson, Ligeti and others. Recent anniversary concerts have included two in the presence of Henri Dutilleux for 80th birthday performances of Les Citations in 1996; a Wigmore Hall concert in 1998 to mark the 50th anniversary of the death of the pioneering harpsichordist Violet Gordon Woodhouse; and a 75th birthday concert for Stephen Dodgson in March 1999, when Maggie played his Duo Concertante with John Williams guitar.

Recordings of a recital on various harpsichords on Hyperion, and of Scarlatti on Saydisc, have been followed by several on Virgin Classics: a Bach recital, his Goldberg Variations (a top selection in various CD surveys), Soler Keyboard Sonatas, Boccherini Sonatas with Steven Isserlis, and Poulenc's Concert Champêtre. With Catherine Mackintosh she has recorded the Bach sonatas for Chandos, and a solo recital of music by Handel, Scarlatti, Arne, JC Bach and Gavin Bryars has been released on Droffig.

For more information about Maggie Cole, please visit her website at http://www.maggiecole.net/.

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