Maggie Cole, piano
American born, Maggie Cole enjoys an international musical life playing and recording as soloist and in chamber music on harpsichord, fortepiano and modern piano. Best known for her performances of Bach (her recording of the Goldberg Variations was voted critics' choice in Gramophone) and the spectrum of 17th and 18th century harpsichord composers, she has also devoted herself to 20th and 21st century harpsichord repertoire including works by de Falla, Poulenc, Dutilleux, Andriessen, Ligeti and Gavin Bryars. Maggie performs regularly with Trio Goya, her fortepiano trio with Kati Debretzeni and Sebastian Comberti, and with the Nash Ensemble, Britten Sinfonia and the Cambridge USA Sarasa Ensemble. With Sarasa she has been able to extend her love of teaching to the development of a program which brings music, improvisation and poetry into facilities for youth offenders.
Maggie's recordings include Bach's Goldberg Variations (winner of a Gramophone magazine award), Soler Keyboard Sonatas on both harpsichord and fortepiano, Poulenc's Concert Champêtre, Boccherini Sonatas with Steven Isserlis, music by Philippe Gaubert with Idit Shemer and the complete Bach violin sonatas with Catherine Mackintosh. With Trio Goya, she has recorded highly acclaimed discs of Haydn and Beethoven trios.
Maggie is a visiting teacher of early keyboards at Dartington International Summer School and is professor of fortepiano at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.
Photo by Yoel Levy