Make sure that you keep the diary free for October the 18th 2008, as Amanda Cook will be giving a recital for the Bromley Guitar Society on that evening.
Amanda began her studies with Alexander Levtov before receiving a scholarship to study at the Royal College of Music Junior Department as a pupil of Charles Ramirez. In 1994 Amanda became a full time BMus degree student at the college as a foundation scholar, where she continued to study with Mr Ramirez and later with Gary Ryan and Jakob Lindberg, graduating in 1998.
While at the college she was awarded several prizes including the Jack Morrison Guitar Prize, the Peter Pears Duo Prize and the Madeline Walton Guitar Prize. In the spring of ‘99, Amanda spent 2 months in New York studying with Ben Verdery with the help of the Countess of Munster Musical Trust.
Her competition successes have included 1st Prize in the 1995 Admira Young Guitarist of the Year Award, the 1997 Ivor Mairants Guitar Award and the 1998 Carol Evershed Martin Award, along with 3rd Prize in Krynica International Guitar Competition, Poland 2000.
Her concerto work includes the Aranjuez Concierto by Rodrigo in Arundel Cathedral and the Vivaldi Concerto in D with the Edinburgh Chamber Orchestra. Amanda has performed throughout England, Ireland and Scotland, including two performances at the Wigmore Hall and recitals for the Classical Guitar Festival of G.B and the Bath International Guitar Festival.
She has given concerts in New York, Sicily, Belgium, Switzerland, Hawaii, Brazil and Northern Ireland, where she played a specially commissioned piece by William Lovelady for the 1st Anniversary of the bombing in Omagh (featured on " Debut ").
For those of you wanting to learn more about this dynamic performer please visit the following sites
Unfortunately there are no You Tube snippets but I found a sound clip of her in action