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Jacqueline Cole, Founder and Artistic Director of the Viktor Ullmann Foundation is an artist, concert pianist, composer, teacher, accompanist and organist.

Professional memberships:

  • ISM (Incorporated Society of Musicians)
  • MM (Panel of Monastic Musicians)

Enhanced DBS certificate

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About

Jacqueline Cole, Founder and Artistic Director of the Viktor Ullmann Foundation is an artist, concert pianist, composer, teacher, accompanist and organist.

Alumna Yehudi Menuhin School, Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Nordoff Robbins Music Therapy Centre and Yvonne Loriod Messiaen in Paris, Jacqueline’s teachers have included Nadia Boulanger, Vlado Perlemuter, Marcel Ciampi, Yaltah Menuhin, James Gibb, Yvonne Loriod and Mary Fedden RA.

Mary Fedden and Julian trevelyan studio Durham wharf Hammersmith London 1972 Yehudi Menuhin school visit one Sunday afternoon...
Mary Fedden and Julian Trevelyan studio Durham Wharf Hammersmith London 1972 Yehudi Menuhin school visit one Sunday afternoon (group etching)

Jacqueline was awarded the first Nadia and Lili Boulanger International Foundation Scholarship in 1986, by Yehudi Menuhin and Witold Lutoslawski, for the purpose of studying the piano repertoire of Olivier Messiaen with Yvonne Loriod in Paris, France.

In the same year, Jacqueline also won a French Government Scholarship and became an Ondes Martenot student of Jeanne Loriod.

In July of 1987, thanks to an Yvonne Loriod Bursary, she entered the music analysis class of Olivier Messiaen at the Centre Acanthes in Villenueve les Avignon, taking classes also with Pierre Laurent Aimard and she was chosen to perform L’Alouette Lulu from Olivier Messiaen’s 3rd Live Catalogue D’Oiseaux in the final concert in the presence of the composer.

 

 

She is an International artist and musical activist who has given recitals as soloist and as an ensemble player in Holland, France, Sweden, Poland, United States of America, Germany, Czech Republic, Switzerland, London and throughout the British Isles.

Her specialism is the music of Johann Sebastian Bach and Olivier Messiaen and composers of the first half of the 20th century.

“I recommend her very warmly”
– letter of recommendation from Yvonne Loriod-Messaien

 

 

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Marcel Ciampi 1891-1980

 

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James Gibb 1918-2013

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Jacqueline Cole’s Wigmore Hall [London UK] recital on the 29th October 2003 remembered and commemorated the 16th of October 1944 when Viktor Ullmann and his friends were transported to their deaths in Auschwitz Birkenau.

Auschwitz Birkenau  –  photograph courtesy of Renata Karpinska

In late 2003, Gaby Flatow, Director of the Hans Krasa Foundation in Terezin invited me to give a recital in what had been the Ghetto Police Station, Theresienstadt to commemorate Ullmann’s fateful departure “on the transport to the east” 16th October 1944.

The concert took place on the 16th October 2003. A work by an English composer was a request so I chose the rarely heard Sonata In E Minor by John Ireland, a contemporary of Ullmann.

Professor Dr David Bloch then sometime after informed me of a strange coincidence.

The International Society for New Music held at Geneva Music Festival in 1929 premiered Ullmann’s Schoenberg Variations for Piano with John Irelands’s Sonatine in the same programme.

Fugue Prague (19th July 1942) by Siegmund Schul (1916-1944) a pupil of Viktor Ullmann.
London premiere performance

The 7th Sonata was Ullmann’s final work, completed in Theresienstadt on 22nd August 1944 and dedicated to his children.

The unsurpassed transcendental genius of Johann Sebastian Bach was a lifelong inspiration for Ullmann, who inscribed the composer’s name BACH within the last few bars of his 7th Sonata.

Gallery

Here are some examples of Jacqueline’s art.

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Contact

I’m available as a concert artist, accompanist for instrumentalists and singers, rehearsal pianist for dance companies, session musician, teacher and organist.

Jacqueline Cole AGSM., MT Dip NR.,

tel. 07783 195199

Email: contact me via this online form.