Carole Cerasi


Historical Performance - Harpsichord, Fortepiano

Soloist, concerto performer, recording artist and dedicated teacher

Plays a range of historical keyboard instruments from virginals to fortepianos

Winner of the Baroque Instrumental Gramophone Award

After an unusual upbringing - born in Sweden of Sephardi/Turkish origins, with French as her first language - Carole has been based in London since 1982. Her playing, like her background, resists being easily placed in any category.

She has long been recognised as having a special affinity with the French clavecinistes, while her repertoire extends from the English virginalists through all the national styles to the early sonatas of Haydn and Beethoven, which she performs on fortepiano.

She first became interested in the harpsichord at the age of eleven. Three years later she was invited three years later by Kenneth Gilbert onto his course at the Vleeshuis in Antwerp where she was the youngest participant. From that time one of her strongest musical influences has been Jill Severs, with occasional lessons from Gustav Leonhardt and Ton Koopman.

Performances have included concert work throughout Europe, including acclaimed recitals at the Wigmore Hall, the Nobel Prize Ceremony in Stockholm, the Festival du Perigord, the Istanbul International Festival, and a concerto appearance with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment on London's South Bank, recitals at the Harrogate, Warwick, Brno, Dieppe, Tallinn and Ludwigsburg festivals and the Musikinstrumenten-Museum in Berlin. She premiered a new work for harpsichord and tape by the South African composer Kevin Volans, touring throughout the UK as well as Munich and Copenhagen. In 2002/3 she performed in France (La Roque d'Anthéron, Sablé, Ambronay), Belgium, Israel, Norway, Germany, Denmark and Japan. Carole gave the opening concert at the 2003 Lausanne Bach Festival.

With her group Ensemble Türk, a flexible group with the classical trio format at its centre, performing on original instruments, and comprising some of England's finest and most respected young musicians, she explores the classical fortepiano chamber repertoire; they have recently given concerts at the Wigmore Hall, Zürich Tonhalle and for the BBC.

Her first solo CD, the complete works of Elisabeth Jacquet de La Guerre on the Ruckers harpsichord housed at Hatchlands Park, received unanimous praise from the press and won the prestigious Baroque Instrumental Gramophone Award; discs of sonatas by CPE Bach and works by Thomas Tomkins were received to great critical acclaim, including the Diapason d'Or de l'Année.

JS Bach and the Möller Manuscript was released on CD in 2002, winning a further Diapason d’Or de l'Année and coming second in the Gramophone Baroque Instrumental Awards. She followed that with a CD of music by one of Scarlatti's most colourful and quirky contemporaries, Manuel Blasco de Nebra.

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