Antony Cooke

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Antony Cooke : biography

3 August 1948 –

Antony Cooke, (born 3 August 1948, Sydney, Australia), is an American cellist, composer, astronomer, and author.


  • Music for Cello and Wind Orchestra (Golden Crest 1978)
  • Music for Cello and Percussion. Works by David Baker and Niccolò Paganini (Golden Crest 1983)
  • Hungarian Music for Cello and Piano. Works by Ernő Dohnányi, Béla Bartók, Jenő Hubay, Kodaly (Resort Classic; re-released Centaur 1995)
  • Splendors of the 20th Century. Works by Ludwig Thuille, Esa-Pekka Salonen and Paul Hindemith (Resort Classic; re-released Centaur 1997)
  • The Power of the Cello. Works by Khachaturian, Kodály, Elizabeth Maconchy & Kessler (Resort Classic 1997)
  • Sergei Rachmaninoff: Sonata in G minor, Op. 19; Dmitry Kabalevsky: Sonata, Op. 71 (Resort Classic; re-released Centaur 1999)
  • Ludwig van Beethoven: The Complete Works for Cello and Piano (Centaur 2002)
  • Homage to Chopin. Frédéric Chopin: Cello Sonata & misc. (Centaur 2008)
  • Antony Cooke: The Solo Cello. Works by Zoltán Kodály, Aram Khachaturian, Alan Hovhaness and Richard Arnell (Centaur 2010)
  • Johannes Brahms: Three Sonatas for Cello and Piano. (Centaur 2011) * upcoming release

Life and career

Antony Cooke is the son of internationally renowned cellist Nelson Cooke, and was born in Sydney, Australia in 1948 while his father was playing for the Sydney Symphony Orchestra.Bredenhorst, Karel. "Nelson Cooke –" Cellist-database / Karel Bredenhorst (cello). 4 Aug. 2008. Web. 27 Sept. 2011. . The family moved to London when his father was appointed principal cellist of the London Symphony Orchestra."PROdigital Records Artist Profile-Antony Cooke." PROdigital Records Main Page. PROdigital Records. Web. 26 Sept. 2011.

Cooke began his musical studies at the age of six, won several music awards in London, including a Gold Medal in the London Music Festival in 1966 and the "Young Musicians ’73" Award. As a young BBC soloist, Cooke was regularly featured as a recitalist and concerto soloist under conductors such as Colin Davis and Harry Blech. He was consequently appointed principal cellist of England’s premier chamber orchestra at the time, the London Mozart Players, making Cooke the youngest principal cellist in the country. Cooke also made international solo appearances, including appearances at the Royal Festival Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, and Bath International Music Festival.

In London, Cooke obtained Artist Diplomas from both the Royal College of Music and the Royal Academy of Music.

Cooke moved to the United States in 1974, where he was appointed professor of cello at the University of South Florida. In 1980 Cooke was appointed Associate Professor of Cello at Northwestern University in Chicago, and was a member of the Regenstein Trio during his time there.

In 1984, Cooke moved to Los Angeles, California, and established himself as a member of the Hollywood recording industry and as a published composer, writing music for film and prime time television."2012 Bios." The College Music Society. Web. 27 Sept. 2011. .

In addition to his musical career, Cooke is an avid astronomer, and has published several books on astronomy.