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Principal Harpsichord

A woman playing the harpsichord

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 has worked extensively with Nancy Argenta (soprano), Michael Chance (countertenor), Mark Padmore (tenor), Philippa Davies (flute, with whom she has recorded JS Bach flute sonatas), Steven Isserlis (cello) and Catherine Mackintosh (with whom she has recorded the complete JS Bach sonatas for violin and harpsichord). She also performs frequently with The Nash Ensemble, Britten Sinfonia, Trio Goya and her Cambridge USA – based group The 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 for Virgin Classics include Bach’s Goldberg Variations, Soler Keyboard Sonatas, Poulenc’s Concert Champetre and Boccherini Sonatas with Steven Isserlis. With Trio Goya, she has recorded Haydn trios and Beethoven’s opus 1 trios for Chandos Records.