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American born, Maggie Cole enjoys an international musical life playing and recording on harpsichord, fortepiano and modern piano. Resident in England, she is best known through numerous recitals on BBC Radio 3 and appearances at leading British festivals. Abroad, she has performed in venues from Seattle to Moscow, and from Finland to India. In addition to a busy solo career, she enjoys duo partnerships with Michael Chance counter tenor, Julia Doyle and Julia Gooding, sopranos, Philippa Davies flute, with whom she has recorded JS Bach flute sonatas and Steven Isserlis cello. She also performs regularly with Trio Goya, her fortepiano trio with Kati Debretzeni and Sebastian Comberti, the Nash Ensemble, Britten Sinfonia and her Cambridge USA - based group The Sarasa Chamber 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 for Virgin Classics include Bach's Goldberg Variations, Soler Keyboard Sonatas, Poulenc's Concert Champêtre and Boccherini Sonatas with Steven Isserlis. More recent recordings include Haydn trios with Trio Goya, "Mozartiana" with Sebastian Comberti (works for cello and fortepiano) and flute and piano music by Philippe Gaubert with flautist, Idit Shemer. Maggie is professor of fortepiano at Guildhall School of Music and Drama and teaches early keyboards at Dartington International Summer School.

"The performer at the center of this concert and of the group itself is the splendid British-American fortepianist Maggie Cole. In her hands, the delicacy of the fortepiano is no impediment to the power, even muscularity, of the music written for it, She combines a marvellous technique with superb musical instincts and good taste. In Mozart's Piano Trio in C major, K.548, Cole's articulation was fabulous, and each in the ensemble exploited dynamics for heightened dramatic effect."

The Boston Globe

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Born in Transylvania, Kati Debretzeni studied the violin with Ora Shiran in Israel, and the Baroque violin with Catherine Mackintosh and Walter Reiter in London. Since the year 2000 she has led the English Baroque Soloists under Sir John Eliot Gardiner, and can be heard on many of the recordings of the Bach Cantata Pilgrimage, as well as on the more recently issued Brandenburg Concerti, B Minor Mass and St Matthew Passion.

Kati has been one of the leaders of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment since 2008. In this capacity she has worked under Sir Simon Rattle, William Christie, Ivan Fischer, Sir Mark Elder, Ottavio Dantone, Robin Ticciati, Adam Fischer and others. She has directed the orchestra in projects ranging from Vivaldi's Four Seasons with the Henri Oguike Dance Company to Mendelssohn's Italian Symphony and Berlioz's "Les nuits d'été" with Dame Sarah Connolly.

Kati has recorded numerous award winning CDs with Florilegium, Ricordo, Trio Goya, and the European Brandenburg Ensemble under Trevor Pinnock (Gramophone Award 2007). Her latest solo recording is that of Vivaldi's Four Seasons with the OAE. She has been invited to direct various ensembles in Canada, Israel, Poland, Norway, Iceland and the UK, and teaches the Baroque and Classical violin at the Royal Conservatory of Music in The Hague.

"Perhaps though, the greatest enthusiasm should be reserved for violinist Kati Debretzeni who deservedly prompted the greatest applause for a whirlwind virtuosic display in Vivaldi's violin concerto "Il grosso Mogul", RV 208. Her firm, clear sound delighted in acrobatic solos, and her style was bold and characterful."

Early Music Today, March 2005 (Wigmore Hall, Dec. 23, 2004)

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Born in London, Sebastian Comberti studied in Italy with Amedeo Baldovino and later with Derek Simpson and Sidney Griller at the Royal Academy of Music, from where he graduated in 1977. In 1976 he became a founder member of the Bochmann Quartet giving concerts throughout the British Isles and in Europe. In 1983 he was appointed principal cello with the London Mozart Players, since when he has appeared on numerous occasions as soloist, as well as being an active member of the LMP Chamber Ensemble. As a member of several chamber groups he has recorded for CPO, CRD, EMI, Harmonia Mundi, Hyperion, Meridian, Phoenix and RCA. A keen interest in historically informed performance has resulted in participation with a great many of London¹s period instrument groups, frequently appearing as principal cello with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and soloist with the Hanover Band. Research into early cello repertoire has led to several recitals being recorded by the BBC. In April 2001 Sebastian Comberti founded Cello Classics, a label devoted to recordings of rare repertoire and artists, for which he has released CDs of hitherto unknown sonatas by Boccherini, works for cello and harp, quartets for 4 cellos, and with Maggie Cole, early 19th Century sonatas with fortepiano.

"Technically....outstanding. Comberti's tone is clean and even, his phrasing impeccable."

Gramophone (Boccherini Sonatas)

"...this is thoroughly enjoyable playing: elegantly phrased, warmly sung and ... full of crisp, quick-witted repartee."

BBC Music Magazine (Mozartiana)

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