Amanda Cooke

Guitar Adjudicator

Dubbed “The ‘guitar queen’ with a silken touch” by The Independent, Amanda has appeared as a soloist in the USA, South America and throughout Europe. In the UK venues include the South Bank, Wigmore Hall, St George’s Bristol, King’s Place & 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.

Amanda studied at the RCM, as a Foundation Scholar and then went onto study in New York with Benjamin Verdery and the help of the Countess of Munster Musical Trust.

She has been broadcast on television and radio, both abroad and in the UK, including BBC Radio 3’s “In Tune” & “Late Junction”, BBC Radio 4’s “Woman’s Hour,” and Classic FM. In addition to solo work, Amanda is a member of the critically acclaimed Vida Guitar Quartet who regularly tour the USA, Europe and China.

Amanda was course director at the International Guitar Festival for five years. She regularly adjudicates music festivals, gives masterclasses and has sat on the jury for several International Competitions including the GFA 2015 in Oklahoma and the 2019 Euro Strings Competition. Amanda is a patron of the Federation of Guitar Societies.

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