Amanda Cook - Classical Guitarist - Concert Bookings Only

This act is available for concert bookings only.

This classical guitarist is one of the leading guitarists of her generation. She has performed and given masterclasses in the USA, South America and throughout Europe. She has performed across the UK, including at the South Bank and Wigmore Hall. Her highly acclaimed performances are always noted for their sensitive musicality, fluid technique, and ability to draw the audience in to her world.

At the tender age of seven he began to learn the guitar with Alexander Levtov. She then went on to study with Charles Ramirez at the Junior Department of the Royal College of Music, with the help of a scholarship. She then carried on to do her music degree at the RCM, as a Foundation Scholar, continuing with Mr Ramirez and then with Jakob Lindberg and Gary Ryan. Whilst at the College she won several prizes for her performances, and outside of College she won the 1995 Admira Young Guitarist of the Year, 1997 Ivor Mairants Guitar Award and the 1998 Carol Evershed Martin Award for solo instrumentalists.

Several composers have dedicated works to her including Robert Boyle (Voices of Origin, for her Wigmore Hall debut 2003), Paul Gregory (Micro Prelude 2000), Cristiano Porqueddu (1998) and William Lovelady (This Morning In Omagh the Sun Rose Again, written for the 1st Anniversary of the bombing in N.Ireland 1998).

She has performed on Television and Radio, including broadcasts in Brazil, Spain, Peru and the UK. She has also been interviewed and has played live on BBC Radio 3's 'In Tune' and BBC Radio 4's 'Woman's Hour'.

A big fan of chamber music, she has worked with the flautist Lucy Noble and tenor Andrew Locke Nicholson. Her most recent venture is with the guitar trio Appassionata, along with Rebecca Baulch and Hayley Savage they released their debut album 'Let Go' in 2005 with dedicated works from Paulo Bellinati, Ned Bennett and Bruce Macombie. She also has a solo CD - Debut - a guitar quartet release for the Dundee Guitar Festival and has collaborated with the Director of the Registry of Guitar Tutors in the production of two CD's to accompany repertoire books.

She has sat on the jury for several International Competitions and regularly adjudicates music festivals in the UK. She is a patron of the Federation of Guitar Societies, and a life member of the West Sussex Guitar Club.

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