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Image of guitarist Amanda CookAmanda Cook – Guitar

Amanda is one of the leading guitarists of her generation. She has performed and given master classes in the USA, South America and throughout Europe. In the UK her performances include the South Bank, Wigmore Hall, King’s Place and The Sage Gateshead. 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 age of seven Amanda 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, as a scholarship student. She then carried on to do her music degree at the RCM, as a Foundation Scholar, continuing with Charles Ramirez and then with Jakob Lindberg and Gary Ryan. Whilst at the College Amanda 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. After studying at the College, Amanda went to New York to study with Benjamin Verdery, with the help of the Countess of Munster Musical Trust

Several composers have dedicated works to Amanda, including Nato Lima (Sonata No.2, 2004), Robert Boyle (Voices of Origin, for her Wigmore Hall debut 2003), Paul Gregory (Micro Prelude 2000), Cristiano Porqueddu (Amanda 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 and been broadcast live on television and radio, both abroad and in the UK. Amanda has also been interviewed and played live several times on BBC Radio 3 “In Tune”, BBC Radio 4 “Woman’s Hour” and Classic FM.

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In addition to solo work, Amanda is involved in many ensemble projects. The guitar trio ‘Appassionata’ formed in 2004 (with Rebecca Baulch and Hayley Savage) have had many pieces dedicated to them including works by Paulo Bellinati, Gary Ryan and Bruce Macombie.

Another project is with the ‘G Plus Ensemble’, composed of string quartet, percussion and two guitars. Last year they released their debut CD ‘Utopia’ which was recorded for Peter Gabriel’s label ’Real World’ and launched during a concert at the Royal Festival Hall, London.

Amanda is the classical course leader for IGF’s Bath Guitar Festival & Summer School and teaches at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama. She has sat on the jury for several International Competitions and regularly adjudicates music festivals in the UK.

For more information click here to view Amanda Cook’s website.