Schola Cantorum Basiliensis

Prof. Randall Cook

Fidel; Renaissance-Viola da gamba;  Ensemble zur Musik de Mittelalters und der Renaissance (Hochschule SCB)

Randall Cook, born 1951 in Iowa, studied oboe at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia and at Yale University. In 1977 he moved to Basel to study viola da gamba with Jordi Savall and medieval studies with Andrea von Ramm and Sterling Jones at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis. From the early 1980’s he has been on the faculty of the Schola, for medieval and Renaissance music. He is one of the founding members of the "Ferrara Ensemble" and has often worked with "Ensemble Binchois", with Dominique Vellard.  He is also a founding member of "the Earle his Viols", a viola da gamba consort devoted to research into the earlier repertoire for Renaissance gamba consort. In 2000, he started an apprenticeship with Bernard Schermer, maker of historical oboes, whose workshop he eventually took over  and since 2005 has set up his own workshop in Basel. His concerts have taken him throughout Europe, the United States, Canada, the Far East and Japan. He has recorded for Virgin Records, Harmonia Mundi, Raumklang, Arcana, Astrée and Erato.

Prof. Randall Cook

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