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 Nancy Argenta soprano, Michael Chance counter tenor, Mark Padmore, tenor, Philippa Davies flute and Steven Isserlis cello. She also performs
frequently with The Nash Ensemble, Britten Sinfonia and the London Mozart Players. Maggie's recordings on Virgin Classics include Bach's Goldberg
Variations, Soler Keyboard Sonatas , Poulenc's Concert Champêtre and Boccherini Sonatas with Steven
Isserlis. She has also recorded Bach flute sonatas with Philippa Davies and the complete Bach violin sonatas with Catherine Mackintosh.
"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
Kati Debretzeni was born in Transilvania and immigrated to Israel at the age of 15. She studied the modern violin with Ora
Shiran in Tel Aviv, and the Baroque violin with Catherine Mackintosh and Walter Reiter in London. Since being one of the leaders of the English
Baroque Soloists in Sir J.E. Gardiner's Bach Cantata Pilgrimage in the year 2000, Kati has been asked to guest lead the Sevilla Baroque Orchestra
and the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra. An active chamber musician, Kati has been a member of Florilegium from 2000-2006, giving concerts in the
Vienna Konzerthaus, the Wigmore Hall, the Concertgebow, the Frick Collection etc. Their recordings for Chanel Classics have won numerous awards,
the most recent recording (Telemann's Paris Quartets) being nominated for a Gramophone Award. Her research into the work of Heinrich Biber resulted
in a CD with the ensemble Ricordo, which has been chosen as Chamber CD of the Month by the Strad.
Kati has taught in various courses in Europe and Israel and is on the faculty of the Royal Conservatory in the Hague. Her recent projects include
Vivaldi's Four Seasons in Iceland and Poland and performing and recording Bach's Brandenburg concertos with Trevor Pinnock's European Brandenburg
"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)
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)